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Why is one town called Takamori-machi but the other one - Yamato-chou? The kanji for “town” is the same but the reading is different for the different towns…

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Generally it is not possible to predict whether 町 is read as まち or ちょう.

大手町 at the center of Tokyo is read as おおてまち while there is [大手町]{おおてちょう} in Kishiwada city of Osaka (source).

As mentioned in the link, ちょう is more common in Western Japan whereas まち is dominant in Eastern Japan.

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