Ōzora, Hokkaido

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Ōzora
大空町
Town
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Location of Ōzora in Hokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
Location of Ōzora in Hokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
Ōzora is located in Japan
Ōzora
Ōzora
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°55′N 144°10′E / 43.917°N 144.167°E / 43.917; 144.167Coordinates: 43°55′N 144°10′E / 43.917°N 144.167°E / 43.917; 144.167
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
District Abashiri
Government
 • Mayor Eiji Yamashita
Area
 • Total 343.62 km2 (132.67 sq mi)
Population (2008-12-31)
 • Total 8,394
 • Density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Japanese Rowan and Japanese White Birch
- Flower Mountain Phlox and Lysichite camtschatcense
Address 3-4-1-1 Memanbetsu-nishi, Ōzora-chō, Hokkaidō
099-2392
Phone number 0152-74-2111
Website www.town.ozora.hokkaido.jp/dd.aspx

Ōzora (大空町 Ōzora-chō?) is a town located in Abashiri District, Okhotsk Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Ōzora was formed on March 31, 2006 as a result of the merger of the town of Memanbetsu, and the village of Higashimokoto, both from Abashiri District.

Memanbetsu Village (later Memanbetsu Town) split from the Town of Abashiri (now the City of Abashiri) in 1921, and Higashimokoto Village split from Abashiri Town on February 11, 1947. Therefore all of Ōzora's territory once was a part of Abashiri.

Many places in Ōzora, such as the train stations, the airport, and the high school are named after the former town of Memanbetsu, and Japanese airlines use "Memanbetsu" to refer to "Ōzora" as a destination.[1][2]

Education[edit]

Ōzora operates public elementary and junior high schools.

In the Higashimokoto area:

  • Higashimokoto Elementary School
  • Higashimokoto Junior High School
  • Higashimokoto Agricultural High School


In the Memanbetsu area:

  • Memanbetsu Elementary School
  • Memanbetsu Junior High School


Hokkaido Prefectural Board of Education operates Memanbetsu High School in Ōzora.

Transportation[edit]

Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) operates two stations on the Sekihoku Main Line:

Memanbetsu Airport is located in Ōzora.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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