Coordinates: 33°28′N 132°25′E / 33.467°N 132.417°E / 33.467; 132.417
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Panoramic view of Yawatahama from Kotohira shrine
Panoramic view of Yawatahama from Kotohira shrine
Flag of Yawatahama
Official seal of Yawatahama
Location of Yawatahama in Ehime Prefecture
Location of Yawatahama
Yawatahama is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°28′N 132°25′E / 33.467°N 132.417°E / 33.467; 132.417
 • MayorIchiro Oshiro (since April 2009)
 • Total132.68 km2 (51.23 sq mi)
 (August 31, 2022)
 • Total31,385
 • Density240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-1-1 Kitahama, Yawatahama-shi, Ehime-ken 796-8501
WebsiteOfficial website
FlowerNarcissus (水仙, Suisen)
TreeMikan (温州蜜柑, Unshū mikan)
Yawatahama seen from a nearby mountain
Yawatahama City Hall
Looking out over a residential area near downtown Yawatahama

Yawatahama (八幡浜市, Yawatahama-shi) is a city located in of Ehime Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 August 2022, the city had an estimated population of 31,385 in 15638 households and a population density of 240 persons per km².[1] The total area of the city is 132.68 square kilometres (51.23 sq mi).


Yawatahama is located in the western part of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, at the base of the Sadamisaki Peninsula. It faces the Seto Inland Sea to the north, and faces Kyushu to the west across the Bungo Channel. The coastline is a ria coastline, with steep slopes, creating a scenic landscape where capes and coves intersect. For a long time, the city's naturally good harbor has served as an important one for Ehime Prefecture and Shikoku. Flat land is exceedingly sparse and the hilly terrain has been used for citrus production.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Ehime Prefecture


Yawatahama has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light snowfall. The average annual temperature in Yawatahama is 15.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1644 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in January, at around 26.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 5.1 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Yawatahama has been decreasing steadily since the 1950s.

Historical population
1950 72,412—    
1960 67,173−7.2%
1970 58,545−12.8%
1980 55,757−4.8%
1990 50,217−9.9%
2000 44,206−12.0%
2010 38,287−13.4%


The entrance to Yawatahama's Hachiman Shrine

The area of Yawatahama was part of ancient Iyo Province, and its name appears in early Nara period documents. According to legend, the name "Yawatahama" (八幡浜) comes from long ago when debris from a festival at the Usa Hachiman shrine (八幡) in Usa, Ōita, floated up on the beach (浜) in what is now Yawatahama.[4]

In the Edo Period, the area was part of the holding of the Date clan of Uwajima Domain. After the Meiji restoration, the town of Yawatahama was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889.[4] However, even before that time, Yawatahama was linked to Osaka and Oita via steamships and the area was referred to as the "Manchester of Shikoku" due to rapidly increasing industrialization. The first bank in Ehime was opened in Yawatahama in 1878.[4] In addition, in 1889, Yawatahama was the first city in Shikoku to burn an electric light.

Town mergers[edit]

  • February 11, 1935 - Yawatahama combined with Senjo, Hitada, and Kamiyama and was elevated to city status.
  • February 1, 1955 - A locality of Futaiwa, as well as Hizuchi, Maana, and Kawakami were added.[5]
  • March 31, 1955 - Nishiuwa District's Isotsu, Miyauchi, Kawanoishi, and Kisuki towns merge under the name Honai.[5]
  • March 28, 2005 - Yawatahama absorbed the town of Honai (from Nishiuwa District)[6]


Yawatahama has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 16 members. Yawatahama together with Ikata, contributes two members to the Ehime Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Ehime 4th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.


Major industries include citrus farming, fisheries, fisheries-related food processing, and shipbuilding. Mandarin orange cultivation is started in the middle of the Meiji era, and has a history of 100 years. The fishery industry is thriving with trawl fishing as the core, as well as aquaculture. The fish market in Yawatahama is the largest in Shikoku.Yawatahama's marine product industry extends beyond just fresh fish. The town also specializes in fish products including fish paste and fishcakes made from pureed white fish. This is known as kamaboko. Yawatahama, along with Uwajima, have numerous shops selling a variety of kamaboko.[7] One local delicacy is jakoten (じゃこ天), or kamaboko fried tempura-style.Yawatahama's mikan production is governed by the Nishiuwa Agricultural cooperative, which is responsible for the distribution and branding of Yawatahama mikans. This cooperative distributes the fruits nationwide under such brand names as "Hinomaru" (日の丸) and "Kawakami" (川上). However agricultural production is declining due to aging demographics and rural depopulation.


Yawatahama has 14 public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has three public high schools operated by the Ehime Prefectural Board of Education.

High schools[edit]

  • Yawatahama High School
  • Yawatahama Technical High School
  • Kawanoishi High School

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Atago Junior High School
  • Yashiro Junior High School
  • Matsukaya Junior High School
  • Honai Junior High School



Shikoku Railway Company - Yosan Line



Yawatahama Port

Noted people from Yawatahama[edit]

A Chūhachi Ninomiya's a beetle-sheped airplane, created on October 1893, which show on Yawatahama Municipal Library


  1. ^ "Yawatahama city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Yawatahama climate data
  3. ^ Yawatahama population statistics
  4. ^ a b c (in Japanese) Yawatahama City History before 1950
  5. ^ a b (in Japanese) 1950s Yawatahama City History
  6. ^ (in Japanese)2000s Yawatahama City History
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2009-03-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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