Location of Kyōgoku in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)|
|• Total||231.61 km2 (89.43 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2008)|
|• Density||15/km2 (38/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||527 Kyōgoku, Kyōgoku-chō, Abuta-gun, Hokkaidō
|Website||Town of Kyōgoku|
Kyōgoku (京極町 Kyōgoku-chō?) is a town located in Abuta District, Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Kyōgoku sits at the eastern foot of Mount Yōtei (1,898 kilometres (1,179 mi)), an active stratovolcano volcano which dominates the skyline of the town.
Tourists visit the town to drink the spring water in Fukidashi Park, where the water from Mount Yōtei bubbles out of the ground.
Kyōgoku is mountainous, with several peaks above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). The town sits between Mount Yotei to the east, and Mount Muine (1,464 metres (4,803 ft)), Mount Nakadake 1,387.8 metres (4,553 ft), and Mount Kimobetsu (1,176.9 metres (3,861 ft)) to the west.
The Shiribetsu River (126 kilometres (78 mi)), which emerges from Lake Shikotsu to the south, runs through Kyōgoku between Mount Yotei and the western peaks in the town. The river eventually flows into the Sea of Japan.
- Shiribeshi Subprefecture:
Kyōgoku was first settled by the Japanese in 1897. Takanori Kyōgoku (1858-1928) was a former noble of the Kyōgoku clan and head of the Marugame Domain, Sanuki Province in present-day Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku. Kyōgoku was given permission to set up an agricultural operation in the area, as part of Kutchan.
- 1898,1899,1900 - Three waves of settlement from Ishikawa Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture
- 1910 - With a population of 6,783, the new settlement becomes a separate village called Higashikutchan.
- 1940 - The village is renamed Kyōgoku.
- 1962 - Kyōgoku becomes a town.
- Kyōgoku Elementary School
- Minami Kyōgoku Elementary School
Junior high school:
- Kyōgoku Junior High School
- Town recreation day - summer and winter
- Attakai festival - held in March
- Fukidashi choral singing festival - held in July on the outdoor stage in Fukidashi park
- Shakkoi festival - also held in July in Fukidashi park
- Furusato festival - held during the Obon season in August on the main shopping street
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- (Japanese) History page on Kyogoku town Web site
- (Japanese) History entry at Namara Hokkaido
Media related to Kyōgoku, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)