Yamagata Prefecture (山形県, Yamagata-ken [ja̠ma̠ɡa̠ta̠kẽ̞ɴ]) is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Its capital is Yamagata.
Yamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.
As of 1 April 2012, 17% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Bandai-Asahi National Park; Chōkai, Kurikoma, and Zaō Quasi-National Parks; and six Prefectural Natural Parks.
Thirteen cities are located in Yamagata Prefecture:
Towns and villages
These are the towns and villages in each district: