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Yamagata (山県市, Yamagata-shi) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. As of 1 January 2019, the city had an estimated population of 27,356 in 10,868 households[2], and a population density of 120 persons per km2. The total area of the city was 221.98 square kilometres (85.71 sq mi).


Yamagata City Hall
Yamagata City Hall
Flag of Yamagata
Official seal of Yamagata
Location of Yamagata in Gifu Prefecture
Location of Yamagata in Gifu Prefecture
Yamagata is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°30′22″N 136°46′51.9″E / 35.50611°N 136.781083°E / 35.50611; 136.781083Coordinates: 35°30′22″N 136°46′51.9″E / 35.50611°N 136.781083°E / 35.50611; 136.781083
 • MayorHiromasa Hayashi[1]
 • Total221.98 km2 (85.71 sq mi)
 (January 1, 2019)
 • Total27,356
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
- TreeChestnut
- FlowerJapanese bellflower
Phone number0581-22-2111
Address1000-1 Takaki, Yamagata-shi, Gifu-ken 501–2192
WebsiteOfficial website
Lake Ijira in Yamagata


Yamagata is located in south-west Gifu Prefecture, north of the prefectural capital of Gifu city. Mount Funabuse, on the border between Motosu and Yamagata is the highest point in the city, with an elevation of 1,040 metres (3,410 ft).


The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Yamagata is 15.2 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2086 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.7 °C.[3]

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit


Per Japanese census data,[4] the population of Yamagata has remained relatively constant over the past 40 years..

Census Year Population
1970 26,598
1980 29,669
1990 30,989
2000 30,951
2010 29,629


The area around Yamagata was part of traditional Mino Province. The name, "Yamagata", can be found in Nara period records, and is thus one of the oldest place names in Japan. During the Edo period, much of the area was tenryō territory under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. In the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms, Yamagata District in Gifu prefecture was created. The village of Takatomi was established on July 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system, and was raised to town status on March 19, 1897.

Takatomi and the town of Miyama and village of Ijira (all from Yamagata District) merged to form the city of Yamagata on April 1, 2003.


Yamagata has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 14 members.


Yamagata was traditionally known for its textile industry, and for the production of wooden bobbins for use in textile looms.


Yamagata has nine public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has one public high school operated by the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education.



  • The city does not have any passenger rail service.


Sister city relationsEdit


  1. ^ 市長の部屋. Yamagata official homepage (in Japanese). Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Yamagata city official statistics (in Japanese)
  3. ^ Yamagata climate data
  4. ^ Yamagata population statistics
  5. ^ US-Japan Sister Cities

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