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Nanyo (南陽市, Nan'yō-shi) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2015, the city had an estimated population of 31,976, and a population density of 199 persons per km². The total area is 160.52 square kilometres (62 sq mi).


Nan'yo City Hall
Nan'yo City Hall
Flag of Nan'yo
Official seal of Nan'yo
Location of Nan'yo in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Nan'yo in Yamagata Prefecture
Nan'yo is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°3′18.4″N 140°8′51.4″E / 38.055111°N 140.147611°E / 38.055111; 140.147611Coordinates: 38°3′18.4″N 140°8′51.4″E / 38.055111°N 140.147611°E / 38.055111; 140.147611
 • Total160.52 km2 (61.98 sq mi)
 (October 2015)
 • Total31,976
 • Density199/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeSakura
- FlowerChrysanthemum
Phone number0238-40-3211
Address436-1 Mitsumadori, Nanyō-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-2292


Nan'yo is located in southern Yamagata Prefecture, with mountains to the north, east and west and the Mogami River forming its southern border.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit


Nan'yo has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.


The area of present-day Nan'yo was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Higashiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern city of Nan'yo was established on April 1, 1967 by the merger of the former towns of Miyauchi and Akayu with the village of Wagō. Akayu is famous for its hot springs, cherries and hang gliding and includes the former village of Nakagawa. Miyauchi is famous for its chrysanthemum festival and the Kumano-taisha Shrine, and includes the former villages of Urushiyama, Yoshino, and Kaneyama. The village of Wago was created in 1955 by the merger of the villages of Okigō and Ringō. The English travel-writer Isabella Bird visited Akayu in 1878 and wrote about the town in Unbeaten Tracks in Japan.[1][2] The city is named after Nanyang, China, where according to legend a chrysanthemum spring can make drinkers immortal.[3]


The economy of Nan'yo is based on agriculture, light manufacturing, and tourism.[citation needed]


A cask of wine from the Sato Winery in Nanyo during the annual wine festival

Nanyo is home to the following three major wineries.

  • Sakai Winery[4]
  • Oura Winery[5]
  • Sato Winery[6]

In addition to the three wineries, Nanyo is also home to a sake brewery called Azuma no Fumoto (東の麓).[7]


High schoolsEdit

  • Nan'yō High School

Junior high schoolsEdit

  • Akayu Junior High School
  • Miyauchi Junior High School
  • Okigō Junior High School

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Akayu Elementary School
  • Kotaki Elementary School (Closed in 2012)
  • Miyauchi Elementary School
  • Nakagawa Elementary School
  • Ogi Elementary School
  • Okigō Elementary School
  • Ringō Elementary School
  • Urushiyama Elementary School




  • Okitama Times[8]

Local attractionsEdit

Lake Hakuryuu, with a vineyard on the mountain in the background
  • Inarimori Burial Mound, Akayu
  • Akayu Onsen, Akayu
  • Nan'yo Skypark, Akayu
  • Mount Eboshi, Akayu. Listed as one of the 100 cherry blossoms sights in Japan.
  • Toyotarō Yūki Memorial Museum, Akayu
  • Kumano Shrine, Miyauchi
  • Hygeia Park onsen complex, Miyauchi
  • The 33 Images of Buddha, Mt Iwabu, Nakagawa
  • Yuzuru no Sato Museum, Urushiyama
  • Chinzo-ji Temple, Urushiyama
  • Kuguri waterfall, Kotaki
  • Lake Hakuryuu, Akayu

Local eventsEdit

Eboshiyama, one of the 100 best places to see the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Eboshiyama park cherry blossom festival, Akayu, late April to early May
  • Sosho park rose festival, Miyauchi, June
  • Kumano-taisha festival, Miyauchi, 24–25 July
  • Grape picking, sightseeing vineyard, Akayu, August–October
  • Nanyo wine festival, Hygeia park, Miyauchi, August
  • Akayu onsen furosato festival, Akayu, second weekend of September
  • Chrysanthemum doll festival, Miyauchi, mid-October to mid-November

Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

Notable people from Nan'yoEdit


  1. ^ Isabella Lucy Bird, Unbeaten tracks in Japan: An account of travels in the interior including visits to the aborigines of Yezo and the shrine of Nikko (1888) online.
  2. ^ Andrew Elliott, "'A perspective close to our own': footsteps travel and the Japanese reception of Isabella Bird’s Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, 1996–2016." Studies in Travel Writing (2017) 21#1: 1-16.
  3. ^ "Profile" (in Japanese). Nanyo City Government. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Sakai Winery".
  5. ^ "Oura Winery".
  6. ^ "Suto Winery".
  7. ^ "Azuma Sake Brewery".
  8. ^ Okitama Times
  9. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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