Hokuto, Hokkaido

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Hokuto
北斗市
City
Hokuto City Hall
Hokuto City Hall
Flag of Hokuto
Flag
Official seal of Hokuto
Symbol
Location of Hokuto in Hokkaido (Oshima Subprefecture)
Location of Hokuto in Hokkaido (Oshima Subprefecture)
Hokuto is located in Japan
Hokuto
Hokuto
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 41°49′N 140°39′E / 41.817°N 140.650°E / 41.817; 140.650Coordinates: 41°49′N 140°39′E / 41.817°N 140.650°E / 41.817; 140.650
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Oshima Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Toshimine Takaya
Area
 • Total 397.29 km2 (153.39 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 47,245
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Japanese Black Pine and Japanese beech
 • Flower Spring: Sakura
Summer: Marigold
Autumn: Mukuge
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-3-10 Chūō, Hokuto-shi, Hokkaidō
049-0192
Website www.city.hokuto.hokkaido.jp

Hokuto (北斗市, Hokuto-shi) is a city in the center of the Oshima Subprefecture in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.[1] It serves as a bedroom community for Hakodate, to the east of the city.[2] Hokuto was formed on February 1, 2006 from merging the town of Kamiiso, from Kamiiso District, and the town of Ōno, from Kameda District. Hokuto is the third city to be established in Oshima. (The second, Kameda, no longer exists being dissolved just two years after its founding in 1971). Hokuto is the second largest city in Oshima by population after Hakodate.[1]

Geography[edit]

Hokuto is in the middle of Oshima, a peninsula in Hokkaido's south. The southeast portion is mostly plains and the western part is more mountainous. The south borders the Hakodate Bay. The Ōno River runs north and south through the middle of Hokuto.

Neighboring regions[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1900: Kamiiso village and Ono village were founded.
  • 1918: Kamiiso village became Kamiiso town.
  • 1955: Mobetsu village was merged into Kamiiso town.
  • 1957: Ono village became Ono town.
  • 2006: Kamiiso town and Ono town were merged to form Hokuto city.

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Oshima-Ōno Station was scheduled to be rebuilt and renamed Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station by the time the Hokkaido Shinkansen in March 2016.

Road[edit]

  • Hakodate-Esashi Expressway: Hokuto-Oiwake IC - Hokuto-Chuo IC - Hokuto-Tomigawa IC - Hokuto-Moheji IC

Education[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Hokkaido Kamiiso High School
  • Hokkaido Ono Agricultural High School
  • Hokkaido Hakodate fisheries High School

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "北斗(市)" [Hokuto]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  2. ^ "上磯" [Kamiiso]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

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