Semboku City


November 28, 2021

Semboku City is a city located in the eastern part of Akita Prefecture.


It is located in the eastern center of Akita prefecture and borders Iwate prefecture. Lake Tazawa is located in the center of the city, and opens to Mt. Akita Komagatake in the east, Hachimantai in the north, and Semboku Plain in the south. The Lake Tazawa area has the deepest lake in Japan, Lake Tazawa. Agroforestry and tourism are thriving, small Jomon archaeological sites are scattered, and the Hokutolite of Tamagawa Onsen, located in the north, is a nationally designated special natural monument. The Kakunodate district has an important traditional buildings preservation district centered on a samurai residence, and is a historical town called "Michinoku no Kokyo" and also has the Hinokinai River bank, which is a famous place for cherry blossoms. After the opening of the Akita Shinkansen, the number of tourists has increased further, making it one of the leading tourist destinations in Tohoku. The Nishiki-cho district is a town of nature and history, with large Nishiki-ji chestnuts and erythronium erythronium in the Yatsu district. Mountains: Mt. Hachimantai, Mt. Akita Komagatake, Mt. Karasuhata (Mt. Rivers: Hinokinai River, Tamagawa, Irimi Uchikawa Lakes: Lake Tazawa, Jindai Adjustment Site, Lake Shusen, Lake Hosen, Tamagawa Ikenuma


It has a basin-specific climate and is characterized by having four distinct seasons, and because the annual temperature range is 40 degrees or more, it is characterized by the largest temperature difference in Akita Prefecture, if you look at it in the whole country. Asahikawa City and Kushiro City in Hokkaido, Hachimantai in Iwate Prefecture, and Sukayu in Aomori Prefecture are not as cold as the area around. The amount of snowfall in winter is large, and in particular, the former Tazawako Town and the former Nishiki Village are one of the most heavy snowfall areas in Japan, and are designated as special heavy snowfall areas. In particular, a large amount of wet snow tends to fall every year around February in winter, and even in the plains, where there is a lot of deepest snow, it can reach 1 m or more. In addition, although it is not uncommon for the summer climate to be a midsummer day of 30 ° C or higher, it is extremely rare for it to be a hot day of 35 ° C or higher, probably because it is directly affected by the Ou Mountains.



September 20, 2005-Established by the merger of Kakunodate-machi, Semboku-gun, Tazawako-cho, and Nishiki-mura. At the same time, establish a city emblem. August 9, 2013-A debris flow occurs at Lake Tazawa Memorial Hall in Semboku City due to heavy rain. August 28, 2015-Designated as a National Strategic Special Zone (Regional Revitalization Special Zone) as a reform base for "agriculture and medical tourism". December 21, 2020 (Reiwa 2) --The new Kakunodate Government Building, which was built next to the Senpoku City Health Care Center near Kakunodate Station, was completed and started operations from this day. The former Kakunodate Town Hall was renamed to Higashi Katsurakucho Hall. The city hall has been reorganized on December 1, prior to the start of operations.

Background to the name decision

When the merger council was set up, Nakasen Town (currently Nakasen District, Daisen City) was asked to participate in the council, but it was finally held in the current three towns and villages. Regarding the merger, in September 2003, a discussion was held that "Kakunodate and Lake Tazawa should be connected." However, The former Tazawako Town and the former Kakunodate Town are in a composition to compete for the initiative after the merger, and the two towns are in conflict. An eclectic plan was proposed in which the names of both towns were listed together, but the two towns were in conflict and could not be decided, depending on which one had the crown, "Tazawako Kakunodate City" or "Kakunodate Tazawako City". After that, the council proposed a resident questionnaire to select the name. As a result, "Michinoku", "Kakunodate", "Lake Tazawa", and "Northern City" were candidates at the final stage, but the conflict between the two towns could not be resolved in "Kakunodate" and "Lake Tazawa", and "Michinoku" was in the vicinity. Opposition from local governments in each prefecture of Tohoku (especially on the Pacific side) ("Michinoku" is Mutsu no Ko

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