Kimobetsu, Hokkaido

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Kimobetsu
喜茂別町
Town
Kimobetsu Town hall
Kimobetsu Town hall
Flag of Kimobetsu
Flag
Official seal of Kimobetsu
Symbol
Location of Kimobetsu in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Location of Kimobetsu in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Kimobetsu is located in Japan
Kimobetsu
Kimobetsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°48′N 140°56′E / 42.800°N 140.933°E / 42.800; 140.933Coordinates: 42°48′N 140°56′E / 42.800°N 140.933°E / 42.800; 140.933
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
District Abuta
Government
 • Mayor Noriaki Sugawara
Area
 • Total 189.51 km2 (73.17 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 2,286
 • Density 12/km2 (31/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Prunus sargenti
 • Flower Impatiens walleriana
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 123 Kimobetsu, Kimobetsu, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
044-0292
Website www.town.kimobetsu.hokkaido.jp

Kimobetsu (喜茂別町, Kimobetsu-chō) is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 2,286 and a population density of 12 persons per km². The total area is 189.51 km².

Geography[edit]

Route 230 and Route 276 cross each other in Kimobetsu. Nakayama Pass is on the eastern of the town.

The name derived from Ainu word "kim-o-pet", meaning "The river in the mountain".

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1897: Makkari Village split off from Abuta Village (now Toyako Town).[1]
  • 1901: Kaributo Village (now Niseko Town) was split off from Makkari Village.
  • 1906: Makkari Village became a Second Class Village.
  • 1910: Makkari Village was transferred from Muroran Subprefecture (now Iburi Subprefecture) to Shiribeshi Subprefecture.
  • 1917: Kimobetsu Village (now town) was split off from Makkari Village.
  • 1946: Kimobetsu Village became a First Class Village.
  • 1952: Kimobetsu Village became Kimobetsu Town.

Climate[edit]

Due to its mountainous location, Kimobetsu has a humid continental climate (Koppen Dfb). Summers are generally warm and wet, while winters are cold and extremely snowy.

Climate data for Kimobetsu , Japan (1981~2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.1
(44.8)
11.0
(51.8)
13.1
(55.6)
23.8
(74.8)
28.6
(83.5)
33.3
(91.9)
33.0
(91.4)
33.4
(92.1)
31.0
(87.8)
23.5
(74.3)
18.3
(64.9)
11.3
(52.3)
33.4
(92.1)
Average high °C (°F) −2.7
(27.1)
−2.0
(28.4)
1.8
(35.2)
8.8
(47.8)
15.9
(60.6)
20.5
(68.9)
23.7
(74.7)
25.1
(77.2)
20.6
(69.1)
14.0
(57.2)
6.1
(43)
−0.4
(31.3)
11.0
(51.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.4
(18.7)
−7
(19)
−2.8
(27)
3.5
(38.3)
9.7
(49.5)
14.6
(58.3)
18.6
(65.5)
19.8
(67.6)
14.7
(58.5)
8.0
(46.4)
1.4
(34.5)
−4.6
(23.7)
5.7
(42.3)
Average low °C (°F) −14.2
(6.4)
−14.2
(6.4)
−9.4
(15.1)
−2.2
(28)
3.3
(37.9)
8.9
(48)
14.0
(57.2)
14.9
(58.8)
8.8
(47.8)
2.0
(35.6)
−3.3
(26.1)
−10.1
(13.8)
−0.1
(31.8)
Record low °C (°F) −30.9
(−23.6)
−31.9
(−25.4)
−25.7
(−14.3)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−4.0
(24.8)
−1.6
(29.1)
2.4
(36.3)
4.9
(40.8)
−1.1
(30)
−7.3
(18.9)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−27.3
(−17.1)
−31.9
(−25.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 90.1
(3.547)
69.1
(2.72)
65.8
(2.591)
64.5
(2.539)
80.3
(3.161)
49.5
(1.949)
101.4
(3.992)
149.6
(5.89)
138.8
(5.465)
114.4
(4.504)
121.1
(4.768)
104.4
(4.11)
1,149.5
(45.256)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 273
(107.5)
223
(87.8)
168
(66.1)
51
(20.1)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1.6)
106
(41.7)
275
(108.3)
1,102
(433.9)
Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency[2]
Source #2: Japan Meteorological Agency[3]

Education[edit]

  • Junior high school
    • Kimobetsu Junior High School
  • Elementary school
    • Kimobetsu Elementary School
    • Suzukawa Elementary School

See also[edit]

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