Nikaho, Akita


Nikaho City Hall



Location of Nikaho in Akita Prefecture


Coordinates: 39°12′10.8″N 139°54′27.9″E / 39.203000°N 139.907750°E / 39.203000; 139.907750Coordinates: 39°12′10.8″N 139°54′27.9″E / 39.203000°N 139.907750°E / 39.203000; 139.907750
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Akita Prefecture
  Total 241.13 km2 (93.10 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
  Total 25,530
  Density 106/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sugi
- Flower silk tree
- Bird sea cormorant
-Fish Gadidae
Phone number 0184-43-3200
Address 1 Aza-Hamanota, Kisakatamachi, Nikaho-shi 018-0113
Website Official website
Nikaho and Mount Chōkai

Nikaho (にかほ市 Nikaho-shi) is a city located in Akita Prefecture, in the northern Tohoku region of Japan.

As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 25,530 and a population density of 106 persons per km². The total area was 241.13 square kilometres (93.10 sq mi).


Nikaho is located at the far southwest corner of Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west, and by Yamagata Prefecture to the south. Part of the city is within the borders of the Chōkai Quasi-National Park.[1]

Neighboring municipalities


Nikaho 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 significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.


The area of present-day Nikaho was part of ancient Ugo Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. After the start of the Meiji period, it became part of Yuri District, Akita Prefecture in 1878.

The modern city of Nikaho was established on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the former towns of Nikaho, absorbing the towns of Kisakata and Konoura (all from Yuri District).


The economy of Nikaho is based on commercial fishing and agriculture. Industry includes a large factory by the electronics firm TDK.


Nikaho has six elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.




Local attractions

Parks in Nikaho

Local events

Mount Chōkai

Mount Chōkai is an inactive volcano which stands alone on the border between Akita Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture. It is 2236 metres high and is the second highest mountain in the Tōhoku area. It is popular with skiers, hikers and climbers.

There are two main trails for climbing Mount Chōkai from the Akita side. One trailhead is in Yurihonjō, Akita, north of Nikaho. The other, in Nikaho, starts at the Nakajima parking area. A one-way hike from the Nakajima commonly takes 4 hours and offers outstanding views of the Japan Sea coast and the lush greenery of the Nikaho area.

The mountain has its own unique Alpine plants and vegetation such as Chōkai Thistle (チョウカイアザミ) or Chōkai Fusuma (チョウカイフスマ).

Local crafts, arts, and food

Sister city relations

Noted people from Nikaho


  1. "Natural Parks of Akita Prefecture" (PDF) (in Japanese). Akita Prefecture. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  2. 1 2 "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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