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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Tohoku  /  Yamagata Prefecture  /  Kaminoyama
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Things to do: historic sites, baths, theme parks
Kaminoyama is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, in the northern Tohoku region of Japan.As of October 2015, the city had an estimated population of 31,476 and a population density of 131 persons per km2. The total area was 240.93km2.GeographyKaminoyama is located in southeast Yamagata Prefecture, in the Murayama Basin, bordered by Miyagi Prefecture to the east. Mount Zaō is located within its borders.Neighboring municipalitiesYamagata PrefectureYamagata, YamagataNanyo, YamagataTakahata, YamagataKawasaki, MiyagiShichikashuku, MiyagiClimateKaminoyama 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.HistoryThe area of present-day Kaminoyama was part of ancient Dewa Province, and was a castle town for Kaminoyama Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period. It was also a post station on the Ushū Kaidō highway. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Minamimurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern town of Kaminoyama was established on April 1, 1889, and was elevated to city status on October 1, 1954.
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