Yuzawa City Hall
Location of Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture
|Coordinates: 39°9′50.7″N 140°29′41.4″E / 39.164083°N 140.494833°ECoordinates: 39°9′50.7″N 140°29′41.4″E / 39.164083°N 140.494833°E|
|• -Mayor||Mitsuyoshi Saito|
|• Total||790.91 km2 (305.37 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2015)|
|• Density||59.6/km2 (154/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese zelkova|
|- Flower||Cherry blossom|
|- Bird||Copper pheasant|
|Address||1-1 Satakechō, Yuzawa-shi, Akita-ken 012-8501|
Yuzawa is located at the far southeast corner of Akita Prefecture, bordered by mountains to the south, east and west.
- Akita Prefecture
- Yamagata Prefecture
- Miyagi Prefecture
Yuzawa 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 Yuzawa was part of ancient Ugo Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. Much of the territory was part of the 20,000 koku subsidiary feudal domain of Iwasaki Domain (岩崎藩 Iwasaki-han).
After the start of the Meiji period, Iwasaki Domain became briefly “Iwasaki Prefecture”, before becoming Ogachi District, Akita Prefecture in 1878. The towns of Iwasaki and Yuzawa were created in 1889, becoming the city of Yuzawa on March 31, 1954.
Politics and government
The economy of Yuzawa is based on agriculture, primarily rice cultivation, and the brewing of sake.
The production of sake in Yuzawa accounts for about 70% of the total amount in Akita prefecture and the city positions sake brewing as one of the key industries. Sake brewing in Yuzawa had been grown through the Edo period since the area included Innai Ginzan Silver Mine, a large consumption place comparable to the jokamachi of Kubota Domain. At its highest, it had more than 20 breweries and some of them still operate to this day.
Yuzawa has 11 elementary schools, six middle schools and four high schools as well as one special education school.
FM Yutopia (JOZZ2AN-FM) is the only radio station located in Yuzawa. It is known as the second oldest community radio station in Akita Prefecture, airing on Feb 2, 1999.
- JR East - Ōu Main Line
Twin towns – Sister cities
Yuzawa is twinned with:
Yuzawa carries out an exchange program for junior high school students with:
Noted people from Yuzawa
- Terukuni Manzō – sumo wrestler
- Kiyokuni Katsuo – sumo wrestler
- Ryuzo Sato – economist
- Yoshihide Suga – politician
- Kantarō Suga – actor
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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- Yuzawa official website (Japanese)