Niikappu, Hokkaido

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Niikappu
新冠町
Town
Flag of Niikappu
Flag
Location of Niikappu in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Location of Niikappu in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Niikappu is located in Japan
Niikappu
Niikappu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°22′N 142°19′E / 42.367°N 142.317°E / 42.367; 142.317Coordinates: 42°22′N 142°19′E / 42.367°N 142.317°E / 42.367; 142.317
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
District Niikappu
Government
 • Mayor Kotake Kuniaki (小竹 國昭?) [1]
Area
 • Total 585.88 km2 (226.21 sq mi)
Population (March 2008[1])
 • Total 6,022
 • Density 10/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Higatsura (ヒガツラ?)
- Flower Azalea (ツツジ Tsutsuji?)
Address 3-2 Aza-Hokusei-chō, Niikappu-chō, Niikappu-gun, Hokkaidō
059-2492 [1]
Phone number 0146-47-2111
Website Official website

Niikappu (新冠町 Niikappu-chō?) is a town located in Niikappu District, Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

History[edit]

The town was established September 1881.[1]

Geography[edit]

Niikappu stretches from the Pacific Ocean of southeast Hokkaido north to the Hidaka Mountains along the Niikappu River. The town covers a total area of 585.88 km².[1] Its highest point is Mount Poroshiri and the lowest is at the coast. The town runs 45 kilometres (28 mi) East-West and 44 kilometres (27 mi) North-South [1]

Economy[edit]

Cliff art outside Niikappu (1992)

The town is mainly known for production of racehorses, including Haiseiko, Narita Brian, and Oguri Cap.

Art and Culture[edit]

Niikappu has a large collection of records.

Other features of Niikappu include:

  • A mud volcano deikazan (Supposedly the only one in Japan.)
  • Hangandate with playground and ocean view
  • A Youth Hostel
  • Shonen Shizen no Ie boys' nature house
  • A campground

Transportation[edit]

Niikappu Station on the Hidaka Main Line (April 2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Homepage of Niikappu Town, last access 29 May 2008

External links[edit]

Media related to Niikappu, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons