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Ginzan Onsen in the snow
Location of Obanazawa in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||373.32 km2 (144.14 sq mi)|
|• Density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese Zelkova|
|Address||1-1-3 Wakabachō, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-4292|
Obanazawa (尾花沢市 Obanazawa-shi) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 16,551, and a population density of 44 persons per km². The total area is 372.32 square kilometres (144 sq mi).
Obanazawa has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) 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 Obanazawa was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Kitamurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern village of Obanazawa was established on April 1, 1889, and was raised to town status on July 26, 1897. It was made a city on April 10, 1959.
The economy of Obanazawa is based on agriculture and forestry. In agriculture, Obanazawa is best known for its watermelons.
- JR East - Ōu Main Line
Noted people from Obanazawa
Media related to Obanazawa, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website (in Japanese)