Hokuto, Yamanashi

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Keep farm in Kiyosato Plateau
Keep farm in Kiyosato Plateau
Flag of Hokuto
Official seal of Hokuto
Location of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture
Hokuto is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°47′N 138°26′E / 35.783°N 138.433°E / 35.783; 138.433Coordinates: 35°47′N 138°26′E / 35.783°N 138.433°E / 35.783; 138.433
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture
 • - Mayor Masashi Shirakura (since November 2004)
 • Total 602.89 km2 (232.78 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2012)
 • Total 46,559
 • Density 77.2/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Red Pine
- Flower Sunflower
-Bird Ural Owl
Phone number 0551-42-1111
Address 961-1 Daizu-namada, Sutama-chō, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi-ken 408-0188
Website www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp
Hokuto City Hall

Hokuto (北杜市 Hokuto-shi?) is a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

As of July 2012, the city has an estimated population of 46,559 and a population density of 77.2 persons per km². The total area is 602.89 km².


Hokuto is located in far northwest Yamanashi Prefecture. Most of the area of the city is elevated highland and forested. With a cooler alpine climate in Summer, smaller towns such as Kiyosato are a popular location for second homes.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in April 1, 1889, the rural district of Kitakoma was formed.

The modern city of Hokuto was established on November 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Hakushū, Nagasaka, Sutama and Takane, and the villages of Akeno, Mukawa and Ōizumi (all from Kitakoma District).

On March 15, 2006, Hokuto absorbed the town of Kobuchisawa (also from Kitakoma District). Kitakoma District was dissolved as a result of this merger.





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