Yaita (矢板市 Yaita-shi) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 33,524, and a population density of 297 persons per km². Its total area is 170.46 square kilometres (65.81 sq mi).
Yaita City Hall
Location of Yaita in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Jyunichiro Saito <齋藤淳一郎> (from April 2016)|
|• Total||170.46 km2 (65.81 sq mi)|
|• Density||197/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese stuartia|
|- Flower||Japanese azalea|
|- Bird||Oriental turtle dove|
|Address||5-4 Honcho, Yaita-shi, Tochigi-ken 329-2192|
Yaita is located in north-central Tochigi Prefecture in the foothills of the Nasu region. The area is well watered, with numerous springs and rivers.
Yaita, Izumi and Kataoka villages were created within Shioya District on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. Yaita was elevated to town status on June 25, 1895. Yaita annexed Izumi and Kataoka on January 1, 1955. It was elevated to city status on November 1, 1958.
Agriculture (primarily rice) and forestry are mainstays of the local economy. The consumer electronics company Sharp has a large factory in Yaita.
- Yamagata Aritomo Memorial House
- Yaita onsen