Atsuma, Hokkaido

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Atsuma

厚真町
Town
Flag of Atsuma
Flag
Official seal of Atsuma
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Location of Atsuma in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Location of Atsuma in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Atsuma is located in Japan
Atsuma
Atsuma
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°43′25″N 141°52′40″E / 42.72361°N 141.87778°E / 42.72361; 141.87778Coordinates: 42°43′25″N 141°52′40″E / 42.72361°N 141.87778°E / 42.72361; 141.87778
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
DistrictYūfutsu
Area
 • Total404.56 km2 (156.20 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31, 2017)
 • Total4,659
 • Density12/km2 (30/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
Websitewww.town.atsuma.lg.jp

Atsuma (厚真町, Atsuma-chō) is a town located in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

In March 2017, the town had an estimated population of 4,659, and a density of 12 persons per km². The total area is 404.56 km². The annual town festival is in mid-July, and is called "Inaka Matsuri" or "Country Festival". It is a two-day affair that starts in the main section of town with a parade featuring the Atsuma Dance and continuing the next day with performances at the Atsuma Dam.

There is a surfing beach nearby where the annual "Hama Matsuri" or "Beach Festival" in early-August.

Geography[edit]

Atsuma has several rivers of which the most prominent is the Atsuma River. It is dammed in the northern area of town and continues down through the center of town and empties into the ocean near the ferry terminal and the Tomato-Atsuma Power Station.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

On 6 September 2018, Atsuma was the town hardest hit by the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake. It caused landslides that killed several of the town's residents when their homes were buried.[1]

Education[edit]

Atsuma currently has a high school, called the Hokkaido Atsuma High School (北海道厚真高等学校, Hokkaidō Atsuma Kōtōgakkō) The town also has two junior high schools and two elementary schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highways[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan Earthquake death toll: How many dead in 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Hokkaido?". Daily Express. Retrieved 2018-09-07.

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