Hamlet of Hikari, Chiba
Location of Yokoshibahikari in Chiba Prefecture
|• Total||66.91 km2 (25.83 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• Density||363/km2 (940/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Prunus mume|
|- Bird||Little Tern|
|Address||11902 Miyagawa, Yohoshibahikaro-machi, Chiba-ken 289-1727|
|Website||Town of Yokoshibahikari HP|
Yokoshibahikari (横芝光町 Yokoshibahikari-machi?) is a town located in Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the town had an estimated population of 24,315 and a population density of 363 persons per km². The total area was 66.91 km².
Yokoshibahikari is located in northeastern Bōsō Peninsula, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east. The town lacks a center, but instead consists of a collection of hamlets scattered over the countryside extending from the Yokoshiba Station on the Sōbu Main Line. Given such sparse structure, it takes quite a long time for the bus lines to serve the whole town. The coastal area of Yokoshibahikari, which makes up part of Kujūkuri Beach, is protected as part of Kujūkuri Prefectural Natural Park.
Yokoshibahikari was formed by the merger on March 27, 2006 of the towns of Hikari, from Sōsa District, and the town of Yokoshiba, from Sanbu District. Sōsa District was dissolved as a result of this merger.
Agriculture has been a mainstay of the economy of Yokoshibahikari since early times. The town has a cool winter and mild summer. Other than extensive rice cultivation, the town is a center of production of negi, the Welsh onion, tomatoes, and kabocha, a Japanese variety of winter squash. Pig and dairy farms are also found in the town. The town traditionally produced ceramics. In 1991 the northern part of the town was designated as the Yokoshiba Industrial Park due to its close proximity to Narita International Airport.
Noted people from Sodegaura
- Konishiki Yasokichi I – Sumo wrestler
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