Happō, Akita


Happō Town Hall



Location of Happō in Akita Prefecture


Coordinates: 40°17′48.6″N 140°2′3.4″E / 40.296833°N 140.034278°E / 40.296833; 140.034278Coordinates: 40°17′48.6″N 140°2′3.4″E / 40.296833°N 140.034278°E / 40.296833; 140.034278
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Akita
District Yamamoto
  Total 224.14 km2 (86.54 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
  Total 7,346
  Density 31.4/km2 (81/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
- Tree Fagus crenata
- Flower Katakuri
- Bird Common gull
- Fish Hatahata
Phone number 0185-77-2111
Address 118 Menagata, Minehama-Menagata, Happō-chō, Yamamoto-gun, Akita 018-2502
Website Official website

Happō (八峰町 Happō-chō) is a town located in Yamamoto District, Akita, in the northern Tohoku region of Japan. As of May 2015, the town had an estimated population of 7,346 and a population density of 31.4 persons per km2. The total area was 234.14 square miles (606.4 km2).


Happō is located at the far northwestern of Akita Prefecture, bordered by the World Heritage Site Shirakami Mountains to the south, and by Aomori Prefecture to the north and the Sea of Japan to the west. Due to its location, the temperature in Happō can get remarkably cold at night, with snowfall tending to be somewhat greater than that in neighboring municipalities

Neighboring municipalities


The area of present-day Happō was part of ancient Dewa Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The modern town of Happō was created on March 27, 2006, by merging the village of Minehama, and the town of Hachimori, both from Yamamoto District.


The economy of Happō is based on agriculture and commercial fishing.


Happō has three elementary schools and two middle schools.




Sister city relations


  1. "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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