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Kawanishi, Yamagata

Kawanishi Town Hall
Kawanishi Town Hall
Flag of Kawanishi
Official seal of Kawanishi
Location of Kawanishi in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Kawanishi in Yamagata Prefecture
Kawanishi is located in Japan
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
District Higashiokitama
 • Total 166.46 km2 (64.27 sq mi)
Population (November 2013)
 • Total 16,449
 • Density 98.8/km2 (256/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Dahlia
Phone number 0238-42-2111
Address 1567-banchi Kamikomatsu, Takahata-machi, Higashiokitama-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-0193
Website Official website

Kawanishi (川西町 Kawanishi-machi) is a town located in Higashiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 2013, the town had an estimated population of 16,449 and a population density of 98.8 persons per km². The total area was 166.46 square kilometres (64 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
  • Noted People from Kawanishi 7
  • Film Locations 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Kawanishi is located in the southeast of the Yonezawa Basin. There are two major rivers, the Mogami River and the Omonogawa River, running along the town's borders. The literal meaning of Kawanishi is "west of the river", which refers to its location west of the Mogami River. Also, there are two minor rivers, the Inukawa and the Kurokawa, running through the town.

Neighboring municipalities

From the north, following Kawanishi’s border clockwise:


Kawanishi 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 Kawanishi was part of ancient Dewa Province. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Higashiokitama District, Yamagata Prefecture. Once the nineteenth-century English traveler, Isabella Bird stayed in the town, and noted the Yonezawa Basin area "as a 'Garden of Eden,' ground that smiles fruitfully, and Arcadia in Asia." [1] The modern town of Kawanishi was established on January 1, 1955 by the merger of the villages of Otsuka, Inukawa, Komatsu and Chugun from Meiji period]], the area became part of Higashiokitama District and the village of Tamaniwa from Minamiokitama District. The village of Yoshijima from Higashiokitama District joined the town on February 1, 1955.


The abundance of water makes the town ideal for farming, mostly rice. The town also produces the famous Yonezawa beef since the Meiji era.




Local attractions

  • Kawanishi Dahlia Park

Noted People from Kawanishi

Film Locations

  • Warabi no kō (2003)
  • Swing Girls (2004)- The competition scene filmed particularly at the town's library and Theater complex called Kawanishi-machi Friendly Plaza.


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External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website (Japanese)
  • Official Kawanishi Association of Tourism website (Japanese)
  • Official Kawanishi Dahlia Park website (Japanese)
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