Yazu (八頭町, Yazu-chō) is a town located in Yazu District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. As of October 1, 2015, the town has a population of 16,985 and a density of 82.05 per square kilometre (212.5/sq mi). The total area is 206.71 square kilometres (79.81 sq mi).

Town in Chūgoku, Japan


Yazu Town Hall



Location of Yazu in Tottori Prefecture



Country  Japan
Region Chūgoku
Prefecture  Tottori
District Yazu

  Total 206.71 km2 (79.81 sq mi)

 (October 1, 2015)
  Total 16,985
  Density 82.05/km2 (212.5/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (JST)
Postal code
• Tree Diospyros kaki
• Flower Rhododendron indicum
Phone number 0858-76-0201
Address 493 Kōge, Yazu-chō,
Yazu-gun, Tottori-ken
Website Official website

Yazu was formed on March 31, 2005, by the merger of the towns of Funaoka, Hattō and Kōge, all from Yazu District.[1][2]

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Yazu is located to the far east of Tottori Prefecture. Its highest peak is Ōginosen (1,309.9 metres or 4,298 feet), which is located on the border of the city of Tottori, the towns of Misasa and Chizu, as well as Shin’onsen in Hyōgo Prefecture. Ōginosen is part of the Daisen Volcanic Belt. The mountain is part of Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park, and has facilities for skiing and camping.[3] The Hattō River (39.1 metres (128 ft)), the largest tributary of the Sendai River, flows through Yazu, as does a smaller tributary, the Kisaichi River (28.1 metres (92 ft)), which traces its origin to Ōginosen.[4][5]

Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park, founded on April 10, 1969, spans across Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Okayama Prefecture. Much of the area of the town of Yazu is included in the quasi-national park.[6][7]

Per Japanese census data,[8] the population of Yazu in recent years is as follows:

1995 2000 2005 2010 2015
20,806 20,245 19,434 18,427 16,985

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