Okama Crater Lake
Location of Zaō in Miyagi Prefecture
|• -Mayor||Murakami Eijin|
|• Total||152.85 km2 (59.02 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2014)|
|• Density||81.2/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese white pine|
|Address||10 Oji-Enta-ji-Nishiurakita, Zaō-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-0892|
Zaō (蔵王町 Zaō-machi?) is a town located in Katta District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2014, the town had an estimated population of 12,417 and a population density of 81.2 persons per km². The total area was 152.84 km².
Zaō is located in southwestern Miyagi Prefecture in the Ou Mountains, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the west. Parts of the town are within the borders of Zaō Quasi-National Park and Zaō Kōgen Prefectural Natural Park.
- Miyagi Prefecture
- Yamagata Prefecture
The area of present-day Zaō was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was made part Katta District in the new Iwaki Province at the start of the Meiji period. The district was transferred to Miyagi Prefecture on 21 August 1876.
The modern town of Zaō was established on April 1, 1955 by the merger of the villages of Enda and Miyamura, both from Katta District.
The economy of Zaō is largely based on agriculture and forestry and seasonal tourism.
Zaō is not served by any rail lines.
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