Takahata, Yamagata

Takahata (高畠町, Takahata-machi) is a town located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2019, the town had an estimated population of 23,367, in 7629 households,[1] 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
Takahata Town Hall
Flag of Takahata
Official seal of Takahata
Location of Takahata in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Takahata in Yamagata Prefecture
Takahata is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°00′9.9″N 140°11′20.7″E / 38.002750°N 140.189083°E / 38.002750; 140.189083Coordinates: 38°00′9.9″N 140°11′20.7″E / 38.002750°N 140.189083°E / 38.002750; 140.189083
 • Total180.26 km2 (69.60 sq mi)
 (April 2019)
 • Total23,367
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese Red Pine
- FlowerAzalea
Phone number0238-52-1111
Address436-banchi Takahata, Takahata-machi, Higashiokitama-gun, Yamagata-ken 992-0392
WebsiteOfficial website
Yamagata Takahata Winery


Takahata is located in mountainous southeastern Yamagata Prefecture. The Mogami River flows through the town.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit


Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Takahata has remained relatively steady over the past 60 years.

Historical population
1960 32,136—    
1970 27,760−13.6%
1980 27,440−1.2%
1990 27,510+0.3%
2000 26,807−2.6%
2010 25,030−6.6%


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.[3]


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.


The economy of Takahata is based on agriculture and forestry. The town is noted for its production Delaware grapes and for its wine.


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. .



  East Japan Railway Company - Yamagata Shinkansen

  East Japan Railway Company - Ōu Main Line


Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Takahata Town official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Takhata population statistics
  3. ^ Takahata climate data
  4. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ "日向洞窟窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
  6. ^ "大立洞窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
  7. ^ "火箱岩洞窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.
  8. ^ "一の沢洞窟" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Takahata, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons