Congress Report
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(fourth term)

Location

Emblem

 yamagatakensyou

Area

9,323.15km2 (as of January 2021)
9th largest of 47 prefectures

Population

1,064,954 (as of 1st October 2021)
Men: 514,526 Women: 550,428

GDP

Nominal: JPY 4.2759 trillion
Real: JPY 4.2 trillion (both in FY2018)

Capital

Yamagata City

Geographic features

Located on the Sea of Japan side of the 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 manufacturing; food product manufacturing; chemical industry; etc.

Symbols

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

Number of visitors

Total 45,311,700 (FY2019)

Administrative divisions

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

Official website

http://www.pref.yamagata.jp/


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

(As of May, 2021)