Kahoku, Ishikawa

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Flag of Kahoku
Official seal of Kahoku
Location of Kahoku in Ishikawa Prefecture
Location of Kahoku in Ishikawa Prefecture
Kahoku is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°43′N 136°42′E / 36.717°N 136.700°E / 36.717; 136.700Coordinates: 36°43′N 136°42′E / 36.717°N 136.700°E / 36.717; 136.700
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Ishikawa Prefecture
 • Total 64.76 km2 (25.00 sq mi)
Population (March 31, 2017)
 • Total 35,046
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.city.kahoku.ishikawa.jp

Kahoku (かほく市?, Kahoku-shi) is a city in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 35,046 and a population density of 540 persons per km².[1] The total area is 64.76 km².

The modern city of Kahoku was established in 2004, from the merger of the towns of Nanatsuka, Takamatsu and Unoke (all from Kahoku District).


Kahoku is located approximately in the center of Ishikawa Prefecture and falls 20 km north of the capital city, Kanazawa. It takes thirty minutes from Kanazawa by train. Kahoku lies between the Sea of Japan to the west, the town of Hōdatsushimizu to the north, the town of Tsubata to the east and the town of Uchinada to the south. Geographically from the East to West, Kahoku is composed of a mountainous region, a hilly region, a terrace region, a lowland region and then a coastal region. In the northern part of town the Ōmi River flows into the Sea of Japan and in the southern area, the Unoke River flows into the Kahoku Lagoon which marks the southernmost part of Kahoku.


According to the last census taken in the year 2000, there were a total of 34,670 people and 9,820 households in the three towns that form the city of Kahoku, with an average of 3.53 people per household. When compared to the population trends of Japan, the city of Kahoku appears to be matching the national trend of a larger Aging population, while also keeping with the Japanese trend of a decreasing birth rate.

1990 1995 2000
Total population 34,207 34,722 34,670
Child population (0-14 Years old) 17.7% 15.9% 15.7%
Working-age population (15-64 Years old) 67.8% 67.4% 65.4%
Aging population (Over 65) 14.5% 16.7% 18.8%
Number of Households 8,642 9,218 9,820
Average number of People per Household 3.96 3.77 3.53


Kahoku has a total of three junior high schools:

  • Unoke Junior High School
  • Kahokudai Junior High School
  • Takamatsu Junior High School

It has a total of six elementary schools:

  • Unoke Elementary School
  • Kanazu Elementary School
  • Takamatsu Elementary School
  • Ōmi Elementary school
  • Nanatsuka Elementary school
  • Sotohisumi Elementary school

Famous people born in Kahoku[edit]

Prominent Japanese philosopher and founder of the Kyoto School of philosophy Kitaro Nishida.

Kanazawa Television personality Sachiko Yokota (Sachiko Yokota on Japanese Wikipedia)

Professional Sumo wrestler Taketoba Taku (Taketoba Taku on Japanese Wikipedia)

Manga Artist Aoi Mitsu (Aoi Mitsu on Japanese Wikipedia

Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ "Official website of Kahoku Town" (in Japanese). Japan: Kahoku Town. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 

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