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Yamatokōriyama (大和郡山市, Yamatokōriyama-shi) is a city in Nara Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2017, the city has an estimated population of 87,541 and 37,705 households.[1]

Yamatokōriyama City Hall
Yamatokōriyama City Hall
Flag of Yamatokōriyama
Official seal of Yamatokōriyama
Location of Yamatokōriyama in Nara Prefecture
Location of Yamatokōriyama in Nara Prefecture
Yamatokōriyama is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°39′N 135°47′E / 34.650°N 135.783°E / 34.650; 135.783Coordinates: 34°39′N 135°47′E / 34.650°N 135.783°E / 34.650; 135.783
PrefectureNara Prefecture
 • MayorKiyoshi Ueda
 • Total42.69 km2 (16.48 sq mi)
 (31 March 2017)
 • Total87,541
 • Density2,100/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address248-4 Kitakōriyama-chō, Yamatokōriyama-shi, Nara-ken
Prunus jamasakura
TreeJapanese Black Pine, Peking Willow


Yamato Koriyama is located in the northern part of the Nara Basin and stretches approximately 9 km from east to west and 7 km from north to south covering an area about 42 square kilometers.

Two rivers, the Saho River and the Tomio River flow through the city from north to south and merge into the Yamato River that flows westwards towards Osaka. The majority of the city is flat, although to the west of the Tomio River it rises to the Yata hills.

In general, the city has a temperate climate and is classified as having an "inland climate": a wide range of temperature bringing hot summers and cold winters, but heavy snows are rare, at most once a year.

There are 6 railway stations, (JR Koriyama, JR Yamatokoizumi, Kintetsu Koriyama, Kintetsu Kujo, Kintetsu Tsutsui, and Kintetsu Hirahata), and it takes about 40 minutes to travel to Osaka on the JR line and 45 minutes to Kyoto on the Kintetsu line. Nara is just one stop away on the JR line.

The city produces various agricultural, commercial, and factory products. For example, cultivation of rice and fresh vegetables such as strawberries and tomatoes is thriving. A large shopping mall on the edge of the city and many large shopping centres in the suburbs are sustaining commercial industry. The "Showa Kogyo Danchi,"[2] industrial zone, located in the southern part of the city is the largest in Nara Prefecture and employs a large number of workers. Recently, the numbers of laborers from Brazil and Asian countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia working there is on the increase.

Yamatokoriyama is well known for the cultivation of goldfish, a motif widely seen around the city.[3] In the Koriyama Castle site area, the original stone wall has remained intact for nearly 400 years, and the castle draws large numbers of visitors to the "Oshiro Matsuri" festival, which is held every year in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.[4]

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

Town of Yamatokōriyama

Yamatokōriyama adjoins the following municipalities.

Notable locationsEdit

Koriyama CastleEdit

Yamato Koriyama Castle

Construction of the castle was started by the Sengoku daimyō Tsutsui Junkei. Toyotomi Hidenaga later made it his residence and it became the headquarters of the Kōriyama Domain in the Edo period. The castle was held at various times by members of the Mizuno, Okudaira Matsudaira, Honda, Fujii Matsudaira, and Yanagisawa clans.


  • Meta Shrine
  • Yanagisawa Shrine
  • Kasuga Shrine
  • Koizumi Shrine


  • Matsuo-dera
  • Yata-dera
  • Jikō-in
  • Kyūshō-ji
  • Kakuan-ji



Notable peopleEdit


High schoolsEdit

  • Nara Gakuen[5]
  • Kōriyama High School
  • Yamatochūō High School

Junior high schoolsEdit

  • Kōriyama Junior High School
  • Kōriyama-Minami Junior High School
  • Kōriyama-Nishi Junior High School
  • Kōriyama-Higashi Junior High School
  • Katagiri Junior High School





The cycling route from Nara to Asuka designated by Nara Prefecture as Route C7 runs through the city.[6]

Sister citiesEdit

Yamatokōriyama has been twinned with Kōfu, Yamanashi, in Japan since 1992.[7] The two cities are twinned because during the Edo period the Yanagisawa family were transferred from Kofu to Yamatokoriyama under Kunigae (国替), a policy in which daimyōs were transferred from one post to the next.


  1. ^ "Official website of Yamatokōriyama city" (in Japanese). Japan: Yamatokōriyama City. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ 昭和工業団地協議会 Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ Rocketnews Retrieved 18 June 2016
  4. ^ Yamatokoriyama City official website Retrieved 18 June 2016
  5. ^ Nara Gakuen English website Retrieved 18 June 2016
  6. ^ Nara cycling route C7 18 June 2016
  7. ^ Sister City Retrieved 7 November 2012.

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