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Yurihonjō City
Yurihonjō in Akita
Location in Akita
Physical characteristics
Area1,209.08 km²
Population81,291 (as of 2015-04-30)
TreeJapanese Zelkova (ケヤキ)
FlowerCherry Blossom (さくら)
City emblem
City Hall
MayorMakoto Hasebe (長谷部 誠)
Address17 Ozaki Yurihonjō-shi,
Akita 015-8501
(〒015-8501 秋田県
Telephone☎ 0183-62-2111

Yurihonjō (由利本荘市; -shi) is a city located in Akita, Japan. This page is about the greater city. For individual towns, see Honjō, Iwaki, Chōkai, Higashiyuri, Nishime, Ouchi, Yashima and Yuri.


1-Iwaki 2-Ouchi 3-Honjo 4-Nishime 5-Yuri 6-Higashiyuri 7-Yashima 8-Chōkai
Yurihonjo was founded on 22nd March, 2005 when the former cities of Honjō and Iwaki, and the former towns of Chōkai, Higashiyuri, Nishime, Ouchi, Yashima and Yuri all merged together. After the merger, Yurihonjo became the largest municipality in Akita by area.


The Naked Festival, where men and boys walk through the snow wearing very little and carrying large objects, takes place each January in Honjō. There are many other festivals around the city — see Yurihonjo festivals.


Some good sightseeing spots in Yurihonjō are Honjō Park, Akata Giant Buddha, One Thousand Jizo, Hottai Falls, and Kofuen Sumo Ring. See the individual town pages for more. The imposing Mount Chōkai is Yurihonjo's most dominant geological feature, and can be climbed from a trailhead in Yashima.


Some of the more famous onsen in the city are Poporokko (in Ouchi), Minato no Yu (in Iwaki), and Tsurumai Onsen (by Honjo Park). See Yurihonjo onsen for an extensive listing of bath houses.

Board of Education

The Yurihonjō Board of Education (tel. 0184-32-1306, fax 0184-33-3381) is located in Nishime, and it is the main office for the city. There are branch offices in Yurihonjo's towns and villages.

Yurihonjō City Board of Education
40-61 Bentenmae, Numata, Nishime
Yurihonjō, Akita 015-0692
日本 〒015-0692 秋田県由利本荘市西目町沼田字弁天前40-61

Workplace internet filtering

Public buildings in Yurihonjo (including schools) have filtered internet. Certain words cannot appear in a page title (for example, girl, pink, and adult). If you browse to a blocked page, you will get the following error message: IWSSセキュリティイベント(in-proxy). It is possible to circumvent the filters using, and though perhaps administrators would disapprove of this, so far none have.


Sport clubs available in the Yurohonjo area are:

  • Floorball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Kyudo
    • Honjo Kyudo Dojo beside Honjo Minami JHS. Every Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

See also

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Yurihonjō City
Chōkai • Higashiyuri • Honjō • Iwaki • Nishime • Ouchi • Yashima • Yuri
Akita Prefecture
Northern Akita Fujisato • Happō • Kamikoani • Kazuno • Kitaakita • Kosaka • Mitane • Noshiro • Ōdate
Central Akita Akita City • Gojōme • Hachirōgata • Ikawa • Katagami • Oga  • Ōgata  • Semboku
Southern Akita Daisen • Higashinaruse • Misato • Nikaho • Ugo • Yokote • Yurihonjō • Yuzawa