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)





9,323.15km2 (as of April 2023)
9th largest of 47 prefectures


1,022,760 (as of 1st January 2024)
Men: 496,357 Women: 526,403


Nominal: JPY 4.2842 trillion
Real: JPY 4.2655 trillion (both in FY2020)


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.


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

Number of visitors

Total 36,034,300 (FY2022)

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 March, 2024)