Semboku, Akita


Semboku City Hall



Location of Semboku in Akita Prefecture


Coordinates: 39°42′06″N 140°43′53.4″E / 39.70167°N 140.731500°E / 39.70167; 140.731500Coordinates: 39°42′06″N 140°43′53.4″E / 39.70167°N 140.731500°E / 39.70167; 140.731500
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Akita Prefecture
  Total 1,093.64 km2 (422.26 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
  Total 27,663
  Density 25.3/km2 (66/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 0187-43-1111
Address 30 Miyanoshiro, Obonai, Tazawako, Semboku-shi, Akita-ken 014-1201
Website Official website

Semboku (仙北市 Semboku-shi) is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.

As of December 2014, the city has an estimated population of 27,663 and a population density of 25.3 persons per km². The total area is 1,093.64 square kilometres (422 sq mi).


Semboku is located in the mountains of central Akita Prefecture, bordering on Iwate Prefecture and the Ou Mountains on the east. Part of the city is within the borders of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park.

Neighboring municipalities


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


The area of present-day Semboku was part of ancient Dewa Province. During the Edo period, the area came under the control of the Satake clan, who had been relocated to Kubota Domain from their former holdings in Hitachi Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Semboku District, Akita Prefecture in 1878.

The modern city of Semboku was established on March 22, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Kakunodate and Tazawako, and the village of Nishiki (all from Semboku District).


The economy of Semboku is based on agriculture, forestry and seasonal tourism.




Local attractions

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Semboku is twinned with:

Noted people from Semboku

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