Running on the beach at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui
Location of Hakui in Ishikawa Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yoshinobu Yamabe (since November 2011)|
|• Total||81.96 km2 (31.64 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2011)|
|• Density||288.95/km2 (748.4/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Pinus thunbergii|
|• Flower||Zelkova serrata|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||Asahimachi-A 200, Hakui City, Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県羽咋市旭町ア200)
The name of the town is made of two Kanji, 羽 (ha), meaning feathers, and 咋(kui) meaning eat or take in your mouth. This name comes from an ancient legend which tells of a royal prince killing a monstrous bird which plagued the area. The Prince's dogs went to the beast's body and pulled away mouthfuls of feathers.
Hakui is the main city in the Southern Noto district, and the main area for shopping lies along Route 415. This area contains almost all of Hakui's large shops including hardware stores, clothes shops, electronics stores, opticians, restaurants, second hand shops, pharmacists and supermarkets. The biggest shopping center is MaxValu Hakui, a supermarket flanked by Yamaya (a liquor/import food store) and a Hyaku-en plaza (100 yen store). The car park has a capacity for 350 vehicles.
Hakui has a European style high street called Paseo Dori. However, many stores are closed and many of the remainder are too specialist for this street to be considered a main shopping area. It is, however, home to Hakui's only branch of Hokkoku bank.
All trains going through Hakui stop at the station, including the Thunderbird limited express between Wakura Onsen and Osaka. The train line goes north through Nanao and terminates at Wakura Onsen. The southern terminus is at Kanazawa station.
The main roads are the Noto Yuryo toll road, Route 249, Route 159, Route 415, and Prefectural Road 2. Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is famous for many vehicles running on the beach.
Keta Taisha (気多大社 - Keta Big shrine) is the head shrine of Noto district. The deity of this shrine is known as the god of love, and many young women come to wish for good love and marriage.
Dedicated to Oanamuji no mikoto (大己貴命).
Festivals of the shrine: U-matsuri, Hirakuni-matsuri.
Many people have seen UFO flying from the back mountain of this shrine.
Hakui has made somewhat of a name for itself as the UFO sighting capital of Japan. This is reflected in a number of places around the city, including a UFO shaped street light at the Western entrance to the train station, plaques depicting UFO's (amongst other things) set in the pavement outside the city hall, and most notably Cosmo Isle Hakui, a spaceship-shaped building in the center of the city. Cosmo Isle is home to a UFO and NASA space research museum, as well as theaters, ceremony halls and conference rooms for business use. The building is also home to the Hakui City Division of Lifelong Learning, a branch of the city's board of education.
Hakui's biggest festival is the sumo festival. The ring is set in a natural amphitheatre and is reputed to be the oldest still in use in Japan. The festival features both individual and team competitions. The winner of the individual competition faces a final bout against the organiser, an ex-professional.
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- Hakui City official website (Japanese)