Fukagawa, Hokkaido

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Fukagawa
深川市
City
Flag of Fukagawa
Flag
Location of Fukagawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Fukagawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Fukagawa is located in Japan
Fukagawa
Fukagawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°43′4″N 142°2′25″E / 43.71778°N 142.04028°E / 43.71778; 142.04028Coordinates: 43°43′4″N 142°2′25″E / 43.71778°N 142.04028°E / 43.71778; 142.04028
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Takfumi Yamashita
Area
 • Total 529.12 km2 (204.29 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 24,448
 • Density 50.36/km2 (130.4/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Japanese White Birch
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Bird Common cuckoo
Address 17-17 Ni-jō, Fukagawa-shi, Hokkaidō
074-8650
Phone number 0164-26-2202
Website City of Fukagawa

Fukagawa (深川市 Fukagawa-shi?) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 24,448 and the density of 50.36 persons per km². The total area is 529.12 km².

Fukagawa is a small but vibrant city most known for its plentiful rice fields and apple and cherry orchards in Otoe, a township to the south of the downtown area. Fukagawa is growing largely in Otoe, anchored by its Roadside Station, which is the third busiest in Hokkaido, according to an article in the Hokkaido Shimbun.

Geography[edit]

Fukagawa is located on the Ishikari Plain, and is roughly an equal distance in between Asahikawa to the northeast, and Takikawa to the southwest.[1][2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Fukagawa borders on nine municipalities in Hokkaido Prefecture, spanning Sorachi, Kamikawa, and Rumoi subprefectures:

History[edit]

Fukagawa was settled by the tondenhei, or the colonist militia, between 1895 and 1896.[1] The city was founded on May 1, 1963.

Economy[edit]

Fukugawa is rich in rice production. Rice paddies in the city are irrigated by the Taishō Canal, which is channeled off the Ishikari River. Potatoes and apples are also agricultural products of the city.[1]

Politics of Fukagawa[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Both trains and buses provide a direct link to the prefectural capital, Sapporo.

Noted places[edit]

One of the biggest tourist draws is Mount Kamui[disambiguation needed], a popular ski resort technically in Asahikawa, but only minutes away from Fukagawa by car or bus.

Other[edit]

Sister city- Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fukagawa". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ "深川(市)" [Fukagawa]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2013-09-20.