Yahiko (弥彦村 Yahiko-mura) is a village located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018[update], the village had an estimated population of 7985, and a population density of 320 persons per km². The total area of the village was 25.17 square kilometres (9.72 sq mi).
Yahiko village hall
Location of Yahiko in Niigata Prefecture
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Total||25.17 km2 (9.72 sq mi)|
|• Density||320/km2 (820/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||402 Yahagi, Yahiko-mura, Nishikambara-gun, Niigata-ken 959-0392|
Yahiko is located in a coastal region of central Niigata Prefecture, but is not on the coast. Yahiko lies on the south side of Mount Yahiko. This mountain and nearby Mount Kakuda, stand alone on the Sea of Japan coast not far from Niigata City. Yahiko has one of the oldest family owned hotels in Niigata prefecture called Yamamotokan.
Yahiko has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Yahiko is 13.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2081 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.3 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Yahiko has grown slightly over the past 40 years.
The area of present-day Yahiko was part of ancient Echigo Province, and developed as a settlement around Yahiko-jinja, a Shinto shrine which was established in the 8th century. The modern village was established within Nishikanbara District, Niigata on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. The present shrine was rebuilt in 1916. The earlier shrine buildings were destroyed by a 1912 fire which started in the village. It is the only village left in its district after the two towns from the same district merged into the city of Tsubame on March 20, 2006.
Yahiko has one public elementary school and one public middle school operated by the village government, but no public high school.
- Yahiko is not on any national expressway or highway
- Chrysanthemum Festival (in November)