Mashike, Hokkaido

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Mashike

増毛町
Town
Flag of Mashike
Flag
Official seal of Mashike
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Location of Mashike in Hokkaido (Rumoi Subprefecture)
Location of Mashike in Hokkaido (Rumoi Subprefecture)
Mashike is located in Japan
Mashike
Mashike
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°51′N 141°32′E / 43.850°N 141.533°E / 43.850; 141.533Coordinates: 43°51′N 141°32′E / 43.850°N 141.533°E / 43.850; 141.533
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Rumoi Subprefecture)
DistrictMashike
Area
 • Total369.64 km2 (142.72 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total4,634
 • Density13/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
Websitewww.town.mashike.hokkaido.jp

Mashike (増毛町, Mashike-chō) is a town located in Rumoi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 4,634 and a density of 13 persons per km². The total area is 369.64 km².

Mashike is a small but charming town. Its main distinction is the sake brewery Kunimare, which is very well known throughout Hokkaido. Mashike also has several fruit farms, and it is easy to buy directly from the farmers.[citation needed]

Mashike has a small ski resort, with only 2 lifts, although it is the biggest one in Rumoi District. Driving further up into the mountains from the ski resort is Shokanbetsu-Teuri-Yagishiri Quasi-National Park and Mt. Shokanbetsu (1491 meters). Camping facilities are available in the park.

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