Takahata (高畠町, Takahata-machi) is a town located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019[update], the town had an estimated population of 23,367, in 7629 households, and a population density of 130 persons per km². The total area of the town is 180.26 square kilometres (70 sq mi).
Takahata Town Hall
Location of Takahata in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||180.26 km2 (69.60 sq mi)|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese Red Pine|
|Address||436-banchi Takahata, Takahata-machi, Higashiokitama-gun, Yamagata-ken 992-0392|
Takahata is located in mountainous southeastern Yamagata Prefecture. The Mogami River flows through the town.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Takahata has remained relatively steady over the past 60 years.
Takahata has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) 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 average annual temperature in Takahata is 11.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1417 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.4 °C.
The area of present-day Takahata was part of ancient Dewa Province. During the Edo period, it was a castle town ruled by a branch of the Oda clan until their transfer to Tendō Domain, and afterwards a portion was controlled by the Yonezawa Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Higashiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The village of Takahata was established on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the modern municipalities system. It was elevated to town status on December 12, 1895, and the kanji used to write its name assumed its present form in January 1905.
Takahata has six public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Yamagata Prefectural Board of Education. .
Sister city relationsEdit
- Takahata Town official statistics (in Japanese)
- Takhata population statistics
- Takahata climate data
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "日向洞窟窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
- "大立洞窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
- "火箱岩洞窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
- "一の沢洞窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Media related to Takahata, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)