Niikappu, Hokkaido

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Niikappu
新冠町
Town
Flag of Niikappu
Flag
Official seal of Niikappu
Coat of Arms
Location of Niikappu in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Location of Niikappu in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Niikappu is located in Japan
Niikappu
Niikappu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°22′N 142°19′E / 42.367°N 142.317°E / 42.367; 142.317Coordinates: 42°22′N 142°19′E / 42.367°N 142.317°E / 42.367; 142.317
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
DistrictNiikappu
Government
 • MayorKotake Kuniaki (小竹 國昭)[1]
Area
 • Total585.88 km2 (226.21 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016[1])
 • Total5,696
 • Density9.7/km2 (25/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeHigatsura (ヒガツラ)
 • FlowerAzalea (ツツジ, Tsutsuji)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address3-2 Aza-Hokusei-chō, Niikappu-chō, Niikappu-gun, Hokkaidō
059-2492[1]
Websitewww.niikappu.jp

Niikappu (新冠町, Niikappu-chō) is a town located in Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

History[edit]

The town was established September 1881.[1]

Geography[edit]

Niikappu stretches from the Pacific Ocean of southeast Hokkaido north to the Hidaka Mountains along the Niikappu River. The town covers a total area of 585.88 km².[1] Its highest point is Mount Poroshiri, and the lowest is at the coast. The town runs 45 kilometres (28 mi) East-West and 44 kilometres (27 mi) North-South[1]

Economy[edit]

Cliff art outside Niikappu (1992)

The town is mainly known for production of racehorses, including Haiseiko, Narita Brian, and Oguri Cap. Other popular exports include kelp, green capsicum, and milk.

Art and Culture[edit]

Niikappu has a large collection of records, preserved in Japan's largest vinyl record museum. In the Taiyo district of Niikappu lies the Forest of the Sun Dimaccio Museum, a converted elementary school dedicated to housing the works of French artist Gerard Dimaccio.

Other features of Niikappu include:

  • A mud volcano deikazan (Supposedly the only one in Japan.)
  • Hangandate Forest Park, a seaside park with a playground and an ocean view
  • A Youth Hostel
  • Shonen Shizen no Ie boys' nature house
  • A campground

Transportation[edit]

Niikappu Station on the Hidaka Main Line (April 2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Homepage of Niikappu Town Archived 2008-06-19 at the Wayback Machine., last access 29 May 2008

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