|— City —|
|City of Eniwa, Eniwa-shi|
Top Right: Ekorin Village
|Hokkaidō (Ishikari Subprefecture)|
|Prefecture||Hokkaidō (Ishikari Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Yutaka Harada (since November 2009)|
|• Total||294.87 km2 (113.85 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2011)|
|• Density||234.42/km2 (607.1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Yew|
|- Flower||Lily of the Valley|
|- Others||Ebisu kabocha pumpkin|
|Address||1, Kyōmachi, Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido
Eniwa (恵庭市 Eniwa-shi ) (Japanese pronunciation: [eniw͍a], ANY-wa) is a city located in the Ishikari subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan. It is located on the Ishikari plain, 8 km north of Chitose and 26 km south of the prefectural capital Sapporo, and is reached through route 36 and the Chitose Railway Line. The town is separated into three major areas: Eniwa in the south, Megumino in the center, and Shimamatsu in the north.
Many farms are located around Eniwa, and the town features many manufacturing businesses, including the Sapporo Brewery Hokkaido factory. Three Japan Ground Self-Defense Force camps are located in the city.
Eniwa's 2012 population of 69,126 makes it the fourth largest city in the Ishikari Subprefecture, and the 13th largest in Hokkaido.
The town's name is taken from the nearby Mount Eniwa, in the Shikotsu-Tōya National Park. The name in Ainu language, e-en-iwa (エエンイワ), means "sharp mountain." The name was transliterated into Japanese ateji to mean blessed garden. The Japanese transliteration was chosen because of the homonyms niwa (庭, "garden") and niwa (二輪, "two rings"), the later referring to the two rivers that pass through the city, the Shimamatsu River and the Izari River, as well as the "blessings" (e (恵)) between the two rivers.
The first known settlement of Eniwa as in the Initial Jōmon period in 7000 BC, at the Karinba Ruins (カリンバ遺跡 Karinba Iseki ). The settlement received a surge of people in 2000 BC, and continued being settled for many years. Many artifacts have been found, including lacquered combs, beads, earthenware and stone accessories. Historical Satsumon culture (700–1200 CE) graves dating have been found around Eniwa, at the Moizari Kofun Site (茂漁古墳群 Moizari kofun-gun ). The style of grave is similar to both those at the Ebetsu Kofun Site, and Northern Tōhoku historical graves. During the Ainu settlement period (1200 CE until the Meiji era), there is historical evidence for settlements in the villages, and further away on the plains.
After the Matsumae clan settled on the southern tip of Hokkaido in 1590, the clan traded goods with the Ainu who lived in the area. In the Edo period, one of the 13 trading locations across the Ishikari plain was Shuma-mappu Location (シュママップ場所 Shumamappu Basho ) (Ainu: Shuma-o-mappu (シュマ・オ・マップ)), which corresponds to the modern-day Shimamatsu River basin. The trading area was active until the end of the Edo era. Early Japanese contact with the area included in 1755, when jezo spruce trees were harvested along the Izari river, and in 1805, when the river was farmed for salmon and trout.
In 1857, the Hakodate magistrate decreed that a road between Otaru and Chitose be developed, leading to the development of the Ishikari Plain. When Hokkaido became a part of Japan in the early Meiji period, the area around Eniwa was incorporated into Iburi Province in 1869.
Settlers from Kōchi Prefecture initially settled in Eniwa in 1870 in two different villages: Izari Village (漁村 Izari-mura ) in the south and Shimamatsu Village (島松村 Shimamatsu-mura ) in the north. In 1873, the Sapporo Highway (札幌本道 Sapporo Hondō ), the a road linking Hakodate with Sapporo was completed, and it was built through both villages. In 1873, rice farming started in Shimamatsu, as well as the first postal service.
In 1880, the Chitose town hall began administering five surrounding villages to Chitose, including Izari and Shimamatsu. In 1886, 65 families from Waki, Yamaguchi and Iwakuni, Yamaguchi moved to the shores of the Izari river, which greatly increased the size of Izari. A year later, the Izari town hall was built, meaning Chitose no longer administered Izari or Shimamatsu. At this point, Eniwa had grown to 572 residents, and the first elementary school was opened. Two Shinto shrines were constructed in 1901, Toyosaka Shrine in Izari, and Shimamatsu Shrine. The Buddhist temple Ten'yū-ji's main building was constructed in 1904.
In 1906, Izari and Shimamatsu were merged to form Eniwa Village (恵庭村 Eniwa-mura ), a second class municipality. The village also administered Hiroshima Village, however in 1943 the village cesseded. In 1922, the village received electricity, after the Izari River was used for hydroelectric power. By 1923, the town had grown enough to become a first class municipality. Eniwa was first connected to by rail in 1926, after the Sapporo Line (now known as the Chitose Line) was completed and Eniwa Station and Shimamatsu Station were opened.
In the 1930s, Eniwa became a site for mining gold and silver. In 1935, a small scale private mine called the Kōryū Mine (光竜鉱山 Kōryū Kōzan ) was opened in 1935, and run by the Fujita company. In 1939, the nationally run Eniwa Gold Mine (恵庭鉱山 Eniwa Kōzan ) opened, and a mining town to the north-north west of Mount Eniwa was constructed, and Kōryū Mine was expanded. The town featured around 40 five-family apartments, and additional buildings for administration and amenities, however no restaurants or entertainment areas were constructed. Two elementary schools were operated for the area. Both mines were closed in 1943, due to the Order for Gold Mine Consolidation, and by the end of the Eniwa Mine's operations, a total of 700 kg of gold and 3,500 kg of silver had been mined. The mines and buildings were dismantled, though the Kōryū Mine was reopened in 1949 by Yutani Mining.
After the Occupation of Japan beginning in 1945, many agricultural reforms were undertaken on the farms around Eniwa more prosperous. In September 1950, a military camp for training police personnel was built in Kashiwagi. In 1951, Company C, 52d Infantry Regiment (Anti-Tank) of the United States Army held military practices at the camp. When the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Northern Army was established in 1952, they took over running the camp, and established the South Eniwa Camp in 1952.
By 1951, the village's population was significant enough to be upgraded to a town. In 1970 after the town had 34,500 residents, it was upgraded to Eniwa City, after a piece of regional legislation allowed Eniwa, Noboribetsu and later Date to become cities. In 1979, part of the farmland between Eniwa and Shimamatsu was developed into Megumino, a new suburb of the city. By 1982, the Megumino Station was built, along with the Ito-Yokado shopping center and the Megumino Elementary School.
In 1987, residents exceeded 50,000. The Sapporo Brewery Hokkaido factory was built in the south of Eniwa in 1989, and a dedicated train station, the Sapporo Beer Teien Station was built in 1990. In 1993, residents in Eniwa exceeded 60,000.
The development of 25 hectares west of Megumino Station is currently being planned. Development consent was given in July 2011.
As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 69,126 residents, with 30,909 households and the density of 234.42 persons per km². 51% of the population is female. Eniwa's population is 99.7% Japanese, with the remaining 0.3% being foreign residents. 13.8% of residents are under 15 years of age, and the workforce comprises 64.4% of residents. 21.8% of people are aged over 65. In the 2012 population records, 22 residents are listed as centenarians.
The bulk of the population, 68%, lives in central Eniwa, while 17.5% live in Megumino and 13.2% live in Shimamatsu. The remainder 1.3% of Eniwa residents live in the surrounding farmland.
Geography and climate 
Eniwa is situated on the Ishikari Plain, amongst farmland. The town is 8 km away from Chitose (and the New Chitose Airport), and to the north is Kitahiroshima City. 26 km north of Eniwa is Sapporo, the largest city and prefectural capital of Hokkaido. All of these cities are connected by the Chitose Line railway, and by the Japan National Route 36. The town is situated on two rivers, the Izari River and the Shimamatsu River.
The area administered to by Eniwa extends north to the Shimamatsu river, and stops at the border to Naganuma township in Sorachi Subprefecture. Eniwa borders Chitose city along its south border, with the cities being separated by as little as 750m in some places. To the West of Eniwa is the Shikotsu-Tōya National Park. Eight mountains in the park are considered a part of Eniwa, including Mount Izari and Mount Soranuma. In the area is the Izarigawa Dam, a hydroelectric dam that dams the Izari river.
The city of Eniwa is separated into three major areas, Eniwa in the south, Megumino (恵み野) in the center and Shimamatsu in the north. Shimamatsu is separated from Eniwa and Megumino by approximately 300 meters.
Winters in Eniwa are colder than the surrounding areas, due to the town being inland. The average daily low temperature is between 5-6 degrees lower than Sapporo, 26 km to the north near the Sea of Japan, and 4-5 degrees lower than in Tomakomai, 28 km to the south on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Summers are slightly more milder than in Sapporo.
|Climate data for Eniwa, Japan (1981-2010)|
|Record high °C (°F)||7.6
|Average high °C (°F)||−1.8
|Average low °C (°F)||−13.2
|Record low °C (°F)||−26.8
|Precipitation mm (inches)||56.9
|Snowfall cm (inches)||168
|Source: Japan Meteorological Agency|
Traditionally, Eniwa's economy was based around farming, with the first major rice farms created in 1873. Eniwa has two main crops, flowers and rice. 3,800ha of land are dedicated to flowers, most of which are cut flowers. 2,700ha of land are dedicated to rice farming, mostly ley farming, though paddy field rice exists. Rice in Eniwa is generally made up of the Yume Pirika, Nanatsu Boshi, Oborozuki and Fukkurinko.
Eniwa also grows many vegetables. Vegetables with 100ha or more dedicated space include wheat, soybeans, sugar beet, potatoes and Japanese radishes. Other farmed vegetables include ebisu kabocha pumpkins, carrots, azuki beans and cabbages. The ebisu kabocha is the city vegetable, and pumpkin flavored soft serve, manjū and soup can be bought at the Flower Road Eniwa roadside station.
In the Heisei era, manufacturing has increasingly become an important industry. In 1989, an area in southern Eniwa became dedicated to manufacture, called the Eniwa Techno Park (恵庭テクノパーク Eniwa Tekuno Pāku ). In the same year, the Sapporo Brewery Hokkaido factory was built. It currently deals with 120 million liters of beer per year. Many food production factories are located in Eniwa, such as for Sanmaruko, restaurant chain Tonden, oden producer Horikawa, Hoshio Milk, Morinaga Milk Industry, Yamazaki Baking, Kibun Foods and Robapan. Mechanical factories exist for Sanwa Holdings, MSK Farm Machinery, Mitsubishi's customized machinery division and Oji Paper.
Three camps for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Northern Army are in Eniwa, Camp Shimamatsu, Camp Kita Eniwa, and Camp Minami Eniwa, where the Northern Army performs military exercises, including the 1st Tank Group's tank practice.
Parks and recreation 
Eniwa has five public parks, Eniwa Park, Nakajima Park, Furusato Park, Megumino Central Park and Technopark Central Park. The parks are mostly centred around central and southern Eniwa. The largest, Eniwa Park, is 411,000m² in size. In addition, the land around the banks of the Izari River is considered urban open space. Parks in Eniwa mostly consist of open spaces and woodland, though several feature sporting facilities, such as Nakajima Park's jogging track.
In the Shikotsu-Tōya National Park to the West, many of the mountains such as Mount Izari and Mount Soranuma feature walking trails to their summits. In the national park, there is a man-made lake, Lake Eniwa (えにわ湖 Eniwa-ko ), that exists behind the Izari Dam.
Eniwa currently has two public high schools, five junior high schools, and eight elementary schools. In 2012, the city had 3,935 students enrolled at elementary schools, and 2,079 at junior high schools. In 2008, 300 students were enrolled at Eniwa North High School, and 200 at Eniwa South High School.
Eniwa's first elementary school was opened in 1887. Three more elementary schools were opened in the Meiji period, and by the early 1940s, Eniwa had eight elementary schools. In 1947, four new junior high schools were created, later amalgamating into two by 1964. The two high schools were opened in 1951. In the 1960s and 1970s, five elementary schools and one junior high school were closed or merged. Later with the building of Megumino in the late 1970s and increasing growth, three new junior high schools and six new elementary schools were built between 1970 and 1991.
Eniwa has one university, as well as three vocational schools. Hokkaido Bunkyo University's main campus is located in Eniwa. The university has two departments, foreign languages and health sciences. The three vocational schools are all located in Megumino. The largest, the Hokkaido High-Technology College, is a multi-discipline school, with four faculties: technology, medicine, education and recovery/sports science. The Hokkaido Eco Communication College is a veterinary school, and the Nihon Fukushi Rehabilitation Gakuin is a physical medicine and rehabilitation school. In addition to these, Kinki University has its Hokkaido seminar house for natural resource research located in Eniwa.
Eniwa is connected to the Hokkaido Railway network on the Chitose Line. There are four train stations (from north to south): Shimamatsu Station, Megumino Station and Eniwa Station, as well as the electronically manned Sapporo Beer Teien Station. The Eniwa Station is a designated stop for Rapid Airport trains that run on the line, though not a stop for limited express trains such as the Super Ōzora or the Super Tokachi.
Japan National Route 36 and Japan National Route 453 run through Eniwa. There are two toll express roads through Eniwa, the Hokkaidō Expressway, as well as the Dōtō Expressway which begins at the Chitose-Eniwa junction. There are two bus services in Eniwa. The Hokkaido Chuo Bus transports passengers around Hokkaido, and passes through Eniwa. The Eniwa Community Bus was established in 2004, and circuits around Eniwa.
Eniwa is serviced by the New Chitose Airport for air travel, located 15 km away. The airport is an international airport, with destinations mainly in Asia such as Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei, however the bulk of its traffic is Japanese domestic travelers.
Community work 
In the spring and summertime, community organisations plant flowers around the city's public gardens, leading to the moniker Gardening Town (ガーデニングのまち gādeningu no machi ).
Sister cities 
Media related to Eniwa, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons
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