Location of Yasuda in K?chi Prefecture
|o Total||53.03 km2 (20.47 sq mi)|
(October 1, 2016)
|o Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|o Tree||? (camphor tree)|
|o Flower||? (crinum)|
|o Bird||?(Japanese bushwarbler)|
|o Flowering tree||(?)|
|o Fish||(sweet fish)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
Yasuda is located approximately halfway down the east coast of Kochi Prefecture on the 4th smallest of the main four islands of Japan, Shikoku. As of October 2016, the town has an estimated population of 2,614 and a density of 49 persons per km². The total area is 53.03 km². Yasuda-cho () or "Yasuda-town" is a part of "Chugei ()" area on the eastern side of K?chi Prefecture, consisting of four other towns and villages in close approximation: Tano-cho (), Nahari-cho (?), Kitagawa-mura (), Umaji-mura (), and Yasuda-cho. Yasuda is known throughout Kochi for its delicious sweet fish (ayu ) caught in the beautiful Yasuda River. There can often be found a few surfers at the mouth of the river at any point in the year.
It is a quiet and peaceful place, being a town consisting largely of farmers. Yasuda is on the Gomen-Nahari train line, third stop from the last heading east. There are a few places to purchase produce and other daily necessities, such as the "Teruport" () produce store and other small, locally owned home-front stores. There is a Shikoku Bank (?)ATM, Kochi Shinkin Bank ()ATM, a JA Bank (JA) and ATM, JP Post office and ATM (?), and several other interesting sights. There are two semi-famous local sake brewers located here: Minami Shuzou (Tamanoi ) and Tosatsuru (). At the edge of the main road running through Kochi Prefecture, the "55" (55), at the turn into Yasuda, lies the French cuisine-inspired restaurant Rapport ( ?). Near the Yasuda Culture Center () lies the only pub (izakaya ) in the town, Manryo (). The Culture Center often hosts guests and local events in its large hall and shares the building with the Health Center (Hoken Center ).
One of Shikoku island's famous 88 temples resides in Yasuda: Konomine Temple (Konomine-ji ) located at the top of a very twisty road. It is not uncommon to see several pilgrims (Ohenro ) walking up and down this road to take the pilgrimage to visit all 88 temples throughout Shikoku. Near the Konomine Temple is the Konomine Shrine (Konomine-jinja ?), which has been dubbed a "valuable cultural asset of Japan" (bunkazai ). Every year, on October 28, there is a Shrine festival held on the beach in Yasuda. Next to the Shrine, there is an ancient tree (Okusu ), which is also recognized as one of many bunkazai. Yet another cultural asset lies further into the mountains in a temple called Kitadera (); several wooden Buddha statues.
There is a recently refurbished doctor's office (not in use, only for historical preservation) called Nagomi ( ?) which also contains a small memorial museum for some family members of the late Sakamoto Ryoma (?) who resided in Yasuda. There is a kindergarten, elementary, and junior high school in the area for all of the children to attend. Yasuda district extends into the mountains to include what is called Nakayama () until it reaches the next district, Umaji-mura, which is famous for producing yuzu citrus fruit.