Kikonai, Hokkaido

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Kikonai

木古内町
Town
Memorial Tablet for the Kanrin Maru Sinking at Saraki Point (February 2009)
Memorial Tablet for the Kanrin Maru Sinking at Saraki Point (February 2009)
Flag of Kikonai
Flag
Official seal of Kikonai
Seal
The location of Kikonai in Oshima Subprefecture.
The location of Kikonai in Oshima Subprefecture.
Kikonai is located in Japan
Kikonai
Kikonai
Location of Kikonai in Japan
Coordinates: 41°41′N 140°26′E / 41.683°N 140.433°E / 41.683; 140.433Coordinates: 41°41′N 140°26′E / 41.683°N 140.433°E / 41.683; 140.433
CountryJapan
PrefectureHokkaido
SubprefectureOshima Subprefecture
DistrictKamiiso
Government
 • MayorIsao Ōmori
Area
 • Total221.88 km2 (85.67 sq mi)
Population
(2016-09-30)
 • Total4,448
 • Density20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Post code
049-0422
Area code(s)01392
Official TreeCryptomeria
Official FlowerRhododendron
Government Office Address218 Banchi, Aza Hon-chō, Kikonai-chō, Kamiiso-gun, Hokkaidō 049-0422
Government Office Telephone01392-2-3131
Websitewww.town.kikonai.hokkaido.jp

Kikonai (木古内町, Kikonai-chō) is a town located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 4,448, and a density of 20 persons per km². The total area is 221.88 km².

Geography[edit]

Kikonai is located on the southwest of the Oshima Peninsula and faces Tsugaru Strait.

Neighboring towns[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1902: Kikonai village was founded.[1]
  • 1942: Kikonai village became Kikonai town.
  • 2012: Hokkaido Kikonai High School was closed.

Transportation[edit]

Kikonai's station, Kikonai Station, is located at the north end of the Seikan Tunnel, which connects the islands of Hokkaido and Honshū. The town government is actively promoting the development of the Hokkaidō Shinkansen and proposes offering intermodal service on the line.

Matsumae Line used to run from Kikonai but it was abolished in 1988. The section of Esashi Line from Kikonai to Esashi was also abolished in May 2014.

Sister city[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kikonai, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons