Fukagawa, Hokkaido

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Flag of Fukagawa
Official seal of Fukagawa
Location of Fukagawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Fukagawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Fukagawa is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°43′4″N 142°2′25″E / 43.71778°N 142.04028°E / 43.71778; 142.04028Coordinates: 43°43′4″N 142°2′25″E / 43.71778°N 142.04028°E / 43.71778; 142.04028
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
 • Mayor Takefumi Yamashita
 • Total 529.12 km2 (204.29 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 21,618
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
 • Tree Japanese White Birch
 • Flower Chrysanthemum
 • Bird Common cuckoo
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 17-17 Ni-jō, Fukagawa-shi, Hokkaidō
Website www.city.fukagawa.lg.jp

Fukagawa (深川市, Fukagawa-shi) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2016, the city has an estimated population of 21,618 and the density of 41 persons per km². The total area is 529.12 km².

Fukagawa is a small but vibrant city most known for its plentiful rice fields and apple and cherry orchards in Otoe, a township to the south of the downtown area. Fukagawa is growing largely in Otoe, anchored by its Roadside Station, which is the third-busiest in Hokkaido, according to an article in the Hokkaido Shimbun.


Fukagawa is located on the Ishikari Plain, and is roughly an equal distance in between Asahikawa to the northeast, and Takikawa to the southwest.[1][2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Fukagawa borders on nine municipalities in Hokkaido Prefecture, spanning Sorachi, Kamikawa, and Rumoi subprefectures:


Fukagawa was settled by the tondenhei, or the colonist militia, between 1895 and 1896.[1][3]

  • 1892 Fukagawa village was founded.
  • 1915 Tadoshi village split off from Ichiyan village.
  • 1918 Fukagawa village became Fukagawa town.
  • 1962 Tadoshi village became Tadoshi town.
  • 1963 Fukagawa town, Ichiyan village, Osamunai village, and Otoe village were merged to form Fukagawa city.
  • 1970 Tadoshi town was merged into Fukagawa city.


Fukugawa is rich in rice production. Rice paddies in the city are irrigated by the Taishō Canal, which is channeled off the Ishikari River. Potatoes and apples are also agricultural products of the city.[1]


Junior college[edit]

High schools[edit]


  • Hokkaido Fukagawa Nishi High School
  • Hokkaido Fukagawa Higashi High School


  • Clark Memorial International High School


Both trains and buses provide a direct link to the prefectural capital, Sapporo.



Sister city[edit]

Noted places[edit]

One of the biggest tourist draws is Mount Kamui, a popular ski resort technically in Asahikawa, but only minutes away from Fukagawa by car or bus.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Fukagawa". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 56431036. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ "深川(市)" [Fukagawa]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  3. ^ History of Fukagawa
  4. ^ Sister city of Fukagawa
  5. ^ Kamui Ski Links