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Yamato, Kanagawa

Yamato City Hall
Yamato City Hall
Flag of Yamato
Official seal of Yamato
Location of Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture
Yamato is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°29?N 139°27?E / 35.483°N 139.450°E / 35.483; 139.450Coordinates: 35°29?N 139°27?E / 35.483°N 139.450°E / 35.483; 139.450
PrefectureKanagawa Prefecture
 o MayorSatoru ?ki
 o Total27.09 km2 (10.46 sq mi)
(May 1, 2017)
 o Total234,859
 o Density8,700/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
o TreeYamazakura (Prunus jamasakura)
o FlowerNogiku (a group of Asteraceae)
o BirdAzure-winged magpie
Phone number046-263-1111
Address1-1-1 Shimotsuruma, Yamato-shi, Kanagawa-ken 242-8601

Yamato (, Yamato-shi) is a city located in central Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of May 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 234,859, with 104,432 households,[1] and a population density of 8,700 persons per km2. The total area is 27.09 km2 (10.46 sq mi).[2]


The area around present-day Yamato city has been inhabited for thousands of years. Archaeologists have found stone tools from the Japanese Paleolithic period and ceramic shards from the J?mon period at numerous locations in the area. It is mentioned in the Engishiki records from the Heian period. By the Kamakura period, this area part of the Shibuya sh?en. It came under control of the Ashikaga clan in the early Muromachi period and was later part of the territories of the Later H?j? clan from Odawara. With the start of the Edo period, the area was part of the tenry? territory in Sagami Province controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate, but administered through various hatamoto. Under the rule of the 5th sh?gun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, one of these hatamoto, Sakamoto Shigeharu (1630-1693) by virtue of his position as ?metsuke and Jisha-bugy?, exceeded 10,000 koku in income, and thus became daimy? of the newly proclaimed Fukami Domain in October 1682. However, his revenues decreased below 10,000 koku in May 1687 and the domain was suppressed.

During the cadastral reforms after the Meiji Restoration, the area of present-day Yamato became part of K?za District, Kanagawa Prefecture. On April 1, 1889, it was administratively divided into Shibuya Village and Tsurumi Village, which later changed its name on September 25, 1891 to Yamato Village. The area was connected by rail in 1926 via the Sagami Railway and in 1929 by the Odakyu Electric Railway, leading to an increase in population. The Imperial Japanese Navy Sagamino Air Base was established in 1940. Yamato Village became Yamato Town in 1943, and Shibuya Village became Shibuya Town in 1944. However, Shibuya was dissolved in 1955, with a portion merging with nearby Fujisawa, and the remaining portion reverting to village status. That portion was merged with Yamato in 1957, which became Yamato City in 1959. In April 2000, Yamato exceeded 200,000 in population, and was proclaimed a special city.


Yamato is located in the plains of north-central Kanagawa Prefecture. Izumi no Mori, a nature park in the heart of the city, is open year-round, and its springs are the source of the Hikiji River.

Surrounding municipalities




International relations

Twin towns -- Sister cities

Yamato is twinned with:

Noted people from Yamato


  1. ^ "Statistics of Yamato City" (in Japanese). Japan: Yamato City. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Introduction of Yamato City" (in Japanese). Japan: Yamato City. Retrieved 2017.

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