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Sakata

Sakata (Yamagata pref.)

Sakata is a medium-sized city located in the coastal plains of the northwest corner of Yamagata Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west, and by Akita Prefecture to the north. “Sakai (Osaka) in the west and Sakata in the east” is the phrase to show how much a port town Sakata flourished in the Edo Period (1603-1867). The port’s history and culture, cultivated by nobles and wealthy merchants, are still found everywhere in the city.