Akan, Hokkaido

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Akan (阿寒町, Akan-chō) was a town located in Akan District, Kushiro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 30, 2004 it had an estimated population of 6,518 and an area of 739.25 km². The name comes from an Ainu word meaning "Eternal" or "unchanging".

On October 11, 2005, Akan, along with the town of Onbetsu (from Shiranuka District), was merged into the expanded city of Kushiro.

On January 8, 2017, the township of Akan hosted the first national championship in bandy,[1] although the size of the field was a smaller version than the official rules for a bandy field.


  • 1887 - The main town hall for Akan District is established
  • 1923 - Becomes a second-class municipality
  • 1937 - Tsurui Village split off
  • 1940 - Akan becomes a first-class municipality
  • 1957 - Akan Village becomes Akan Town
  • October 11, 2005 - Akan was merged into the expanded Kushiro City


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