Hokuto, Yamanashi

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Hokuto
北杜市
City
Keep farm in Kiyosato Plateau
Keep farm in Kiyosato Plateau
Flag of Hokuto
Flag
Official seal of Hokuto
Seal
Location of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture
Hokuto is located in Japan
Hokuto
Hokuto
 
Coordinates: 35°46′35.3″N 138°25′25.1″E / 35.776472°N 138.423639°E / 35.776472; 138.423639Coordinates: 35°46′35.3″N 138°25′25.1″E / 35.776472°N 138.423639°E / 35.776472; 138.423639
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Masashi Shirakura (since November 2004)
Area
 • Total 602.48 km2 (232.62 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2015)
 • Total 45,362
 • Density 75.3/km2 (195/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Japanese red pine
• Flower Sunflower
• Bird Ural owl
Phone number 0551-42-1111
Address 961-1 Daizu-namada, Sutama-chō, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi-ken 408-0188
Website www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp
Hokuto City Hall

Hokuto (北杜市 Hokuto-shi?) is a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 2015, the city had an estimated population of 45,362 and a population density of 75.3 persons per km2. The total area was 602.48 square kilometres (232.62 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Hokuto is located in far northwest Yamanashi Prefecture. Most of the area of the city is elevated highland and forested. With a cooler alpine climate in summer, smaller towns such as Kiyosato are a popular location for second homes.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ōizumi(1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4.5
(40.1)
5.4
(41.7)
9.3
(48.7)
15.7
(60.3)
20.1
(68.2)
23.0
(73.4)
26.6
(79.9)
28.2
(82.8)
23.7
(74.7)
17.9
(64.2)
12.6
(54.7)
7.4
(45.3)
16.2
(61.17)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.4
(31.3)
0.2
(32.4)
3.7
(38.7)
9.6
(49.3)
14.3
(57.7)
18.0
(64.4)
21.6
(70.9)
22.6
(72.7)
18.7
(65.7)
12.7
(54.9)
7.3
(45.1)
2.3
(36.1)
10.9
(51.6)
Average low °C (°F) −5.2
(22.6)
−4.8
(23.4)
−1.5
(29.3)
3.9
(39)
9.2
(48.6)
13.9
(57)
17.8
(64)
18.6
(65.5)
14.7
(58.5)
8.2
(46.8)
2.5
(36.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
6.23
(43.23)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 39.8
(1.567)
42.7
(1.681)
76.6
(3.016)
80.8
(3.181)
102.8
(4.047)
146.4
(5.764)
153.6
(6.047)
139.4
(5.488)
170.0
(6.693)
113.4
(4.465)
50.9
(2.004)
29.6
(1.165)
1,145.8
(45.11)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency(JMA)[1]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in April 1, 1889, the rural district of Kitakoma was formed.

The modern city of Hokuto was established on November 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Hakushū, Nagasaka, Sutama and Takane, and the villages of Akeno, Mukawa and Ōizumi (all from Kitakoma District). On March 15, 2006, Hokuto absorbed the town of Kobuchisawa (also from Kitakoma District). Kitakoma District was dissolved as a result of this merger.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Hokuto is primarily agricultural, with seasonal tourism, precision manufacturing and food processing laying secondary roles.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Kiyosato Plateau
  • Musée Kiyoharu Shirakaba

References[edit]

  1. ^ "大泉 1981-2010年". JMC. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

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