Location of Hokuto in Hokkaido (Oshima Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Oshima Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Toshimine Takaya|
|• Total||397.29 km2 (153.39 sq mi)|
|Population (March 31, 2008)|
|• Density||125/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Japanese Black Pine and Japanese beech|
|• Flower||Spring: Sakura
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||1-3-10 Chūō, Hokuto-shi, Hokkaidō
Hokuto (北斗市 Hokuto-shi?) is a city in the center of the Oshima Subprefecture in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. It serves as a bedroom community for Hakodate, to the east of the city. 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 City, 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.
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.
- Oshima Subprefecture
- Hiyama Subprefecture
- 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.
- Esashi Line: Nanaehama - Higashi-Kunebetsu - Kunebetsu - Kiyokawaguchi - Kamiiso - Moheji - Oshima-Tōbetsu
- Hakodate Main Line: Oshima-Ōno
- Hakodate-Esashi Expressway: Hokuto-Oiwake IC - Hokuto-Chuo IC - Hokuto-Tomigawa IC - Hokuto-Moheji IC
- Hokkaido Kamiiso High School
- Hokkaido Ono Agricultural High School
- Hokkaido Hakodate fisheries High School
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