Sakegawa, Yamagata

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Sakegawa Village Hall
Sakegawa Village Hall
Flag of Sakegawa
Official seal of Sakegawa
Location of Sakegawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Sakegawa in Yamagata Prefecture
Sakegawa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°47′47.2″N 140°13′18.6″E / 38.796444°N 140.221833°E / 38.796444; 140.221833Coordinates: 38°47′47.2″N 140°13′18.6″E / 38.796444°N 140.221833°E / 38.796444; 140.221833
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Mogami
 • Total 122.14 km2 (47.16 sq mi)
Population (October 2015)
 • Total 4,297
 • Density 35.2/km2 (91/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Maple
- Flower Lily
Phone number 0233-55-2111 
Address 2003-7 Sado, Sakegawa-machi, Mogami-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-5202

Sakegawa (鮭川村, Sakegawa-mura) is a village located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2015, the village had an estimated population of 4,297, and a population density of 35.2 persons per km². The total area is 122.15 square kilometres (47 sq mi).


Sakegawa is located in northern Yamagata Prefecture, bordered to the west by the Dewa Mountains. The area is known for its heavy snowfalls in winter.

Neighboring municipalities


The area of present-day was Sakegawa part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Mogami District, Yamagata Prefecture. The village of Sakegawa was established on December 1, 1954 by the merger of the villages of Toyota and Toyosato, both from Mogami District.


The economy of Sakegawa is based on agriculture. The town is famous for nameko mushrooms, of which it produces a substantial percentage for Yamagata Prefecture.[1] The town's other main exports are rice and flowers, such as roses and gentians. Sakegawa is also well known for fishing, with the Salmon Festival (鮭祭り) being held at Eco Park every October.[2]


Sakegawa has one elementary school and one middle school.




Sister city relations

Local attractions


Public kabuki theater performances are given on the first Sunday of July every year.[4]

Salmon Festival

Held on the last Sunday of October every year. During this festival people pay a set price to attempt to catch salmon out of the river with their bare hands.

Niwazuki Kannon Lantern Festival

Held in August. Floating lanterns are sent down the river beginning at the Niwazuki Buddhist temple.

External links

Media related to Sakegawa, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official Website (in Japanese)


  1. ^ Sakegawa-Mura. Retrieved on 2011-09-30.
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ Sakegawa Kabuki. Yamagata, Japan Information – Yamagata info. Retrieved on 2011-09-30.
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