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Yamaguchi
山口
—  City  —
山口市 · Yamaguchi City

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Location of Yamaguchi in Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi is located in Japan
Yamaguchi
Coordinates: 34°11′N 131°28′E / 34.183°N 131.467°E / 34.183; 131.467
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku
Prefecture Yamaguchi
Government
 - Mayor Sumitada Watanabe
Area
 - Total 1,023.31 km2 (395.1 sq mi)
Population
(February 1, 2010)
198,971
 - Density 194.44/km2 (503.6/sq mi)
City Symbols
 - Tree Ginkgo
 - Flower Rapeseed flowers, Sakura
Website City of Yamaguchi
Phone number 083-922-4111
Address

2-1, Kameyama-cho, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
753-8650

Downtown skyline

Yamaguchi (山口市 Yamaguchi-shi?) is the capital city of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. It is the smallest prefectural capital in Japan.

In February 1, 2010, the city had an estimated population of 198,971 and a population density of 194.44 persons per km². The total area is 1023.31 km².

The city was founded on April 10, 1929 (1st generation), April 1, 1944 (2nd generation), and October 1, 2005 (3rd generation)

There is a famous Buddhist temple, Rurikōji, with a five story pagoda, a Catholic cathedral in Yamaguchi city which commemorates the visit of Saint Francis Xavier and subsequent introduction of Christianity to Japan in 1550, and an art gallery.

Yamaguchi Ube Airport in nearby Ube serves Yamaguchi.

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Merger history

  • April 1, 1889: 40 towns[1] were merged to form the town of Yamaguchi.
  • April 1, 1905: The town of Yamaguchi and the village of Kami-unorei merged.
  • July 1, 1915: The town of Yamaguchi and the village of Shimo-unorei merged.
  • April 10, 1929: The town of Yamaguchi and the village of Yoshiki merged to form the city of Yamaguchi (1st Generation).
  • April 1, 1941: The village of Miyano merged into the city of Yamaguchi.
  • April 1, 1944: The towns of Ogōri and Ajisu, and the villages of Hirakawa, Ōtoshi, Sue, Natajima, Aiofutajima, Kagawa and Sayama merged with the city of Yamaguchi to become the new city of Yamaguchi (2nd Generation). (At that time of the merger, all of them were from Yoshiki District.)
  • November 23, 1947: The town of Ajisu broke off from Yamaguchi.
  • November 1, 1949: The town of Ogōri broke off from Yamaguchi.
  • November 3, 1963: The village of Suzenji from the Yoshiki District merged into Yamaguchi.
  • May 1, 1963: The town of Ōuchi from Yoshiki District merged into Yamaguchi.
  • October 1, 2005: Yamaguchi (2nd Generation) merged with the remaining parts of Yoshiki District (Dissolved by this action) and the town of Tokuji from Saba District (also dissolved by this action) to form the 3rd city of Yamaguchi.
  • January 16, 2010: Yamaguchi absorbed the town of Atō, from Abu District.

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References

  1. ^ Kami-Kanakoso, Shimo-Kanakoso, Yawatanobaba, Noda, Kami-Tatekōji, Shimo-Tatekōji, Ishigan-non, Dōso, Enseiji, Dōnomae, Ōichi, Shogan-shōji, Kubo-shōji, Sentō-shōji, Shinbaba, Ushirogawara, Nakagawara, Hayamada, Shin, Komeya, Otsubone-shōji, Ima-shōji, Nakaichi, Aimono-shōji, Tachiuri, Matsunoki, Kitano-shōji, Babadono-shōji, Yonedono-shōji, Dōjōmonzen, Imaichi, Imamichi, Wani-ishi, Ōzuke, Shinbashi, Nishimonzen, Itoyone-shōji, Arataka, Ta and Nakasanai (All of them were from Yoshiki District).

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