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Ōe, Yamagata

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Ōe, Yamagata

Aterazawa neighborhood of Ōe
Aterazawa neighborhood of Ōe
Flag of Ōe
Official seal of Ōe
Location of Ōe in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Ōe in Yamagata Prefecture
Ōe is located in Japan
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Nishimurayama
 • Total 153.92 km2 (59.43 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 8,721
 • Density 56.7/km2 (147/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Cryptomeria
• Flower Hydrangea macrophylla
• Bird Crested kingfisher
• Fish Masu salmon
Phone number 0237-62-2111
Address 882-1 Aterazawa, Ōe-machi, Nishimurayama-gun, Yamagata-ken 990-1101
Website Official website

Ōe (大江町 Ōe-machi) is a town located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 2013, the town had an estimated population of 8,721 and a population density of 56.7 persons per km2. The total area was 153.92 square kilometres (59 sq mi).


  • Geography 1
    • Neighboring municipalities 1.1
  • Climate 2
  • History 3
  • Economy 4
  • Transportation 5
    • Railway 5.1
    • Highway 5.2
  • Local attractions 6
    • Events 6.1
    • Landmarks 6.2
  • External links 7


Ōe is located in mountainous central Yamagata. Like many small towns in Japan, Ōe is a collection of smaller hamlets. Elevation rises and populations decrease from east to west. The easternmost hamlet is Aterazawa, and contains about 4/5 of the town's population. The Mogami River forms the eastern border of the town.

Neighboring municipalities


Ōe 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.


The area of present-day Ōe was part of ancient Dewa Province. During the Kamakura period it was controlled by the Ōe clan. During the early Tokugawa period, it was the site of a castle and center of the briefly-lived Aterazawa Domain (12,000 koku), which was absorbed into Tsuruoka Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Nishimurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern town of Ōe was established on August 20, 1959 by the merger of the town of Aterazawa and the village of Urushikawa.


The economy of Ōe is based on agriculture.




Local attractions


  • Oe Doll's Festival (March)
  • Mogami River rower's song contest (June)


  • Tateyama Park(ruin of The Tateyama castle)
  • Yanagawa spa

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website (Japanese)
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