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In 2003, the town had an estimated population of 6,359 and a density of 19.72 persons per km². The total area is 322.53 km². The town is named for the nearby Mount Chōkai which is on the boundary of Akita Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture, southwest of town.
Chōkai contains several villages, including Jinego (上笹子; Kami-Jinego), Fushimi (伏見), Kawauchi (上川内; Kami-Kawauchi), and Hitane (上直根; Kami-Hitane). Highway 108 is the town's largest highway, connecting to Yuri and Honjō in the NW and Highway 13 in the SE.
There are two rivers in Chōkai -- Koyoshi River and Jinego River.
- On March 31 1955, the villages of Kawauchi, Hitane, and Jinego merged to form the village Chōkai.
- On November 1 1980, Chōkai became a town.
- On March 22 2005, the city of Honjō merged with the towns of Iwaki, Ouchi, Yuri, Nishime, Higashi-Yuri, Yashima, and Chōkai to form the city Yurihonjō.
- Chōkai Junior High School.
- Hitane Elementary School.
- Jinego Elementary School.
- Kawauchi Elementary School.
- Yurihonjō official website (Japanese)
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