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Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Yamagata Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Ms. Mieko Yoshimura, Governor
Assumed governorship of Yamagata Prefecture in February 2009(third term)





9,323.15 km2(2018)
9th largest of 47 prefectures


1,089,805 (as of October 2018)
Men: 525,440  Women: 564,365
35th most populated of 47 prefectures


Nominal: JPY 3.7546 trillion
Real: JPY 4.2741 trillion (both in FY2014)


Yamagata City

Geographic features

Located on the Sea of Japan side in Tohoku district, approx. 300 km from Tokyo. 70% of the prefecture is mountainous with the Ou Mountain Range serving as the eastern border with Miyagi Prefecture,and the Asahi Mountain Range in the western part of the prefecture. Farmland accounts for 13% of the total area, while 72% is forest. The Mogami River flows through the central part of the prefecture.

Main industries

electronic components, devices and circuitry manufacture; Information and communication equipment manufacture; food processing; etc.


Prefectural tree: Cherry
Prefectural flower: Safflower
Prefectural bird: Mandarin duck

Number of visitors

Total 45,122,400 (FY2017)

Administrative divisions

Yamagata Prefecture --- 13 cities, 19 towns, 3 villages

Official website

Sources: Official website of Yamagata Prefecture; Official website of Geographical Survey Institute

(As of May, 2019)