Samani, Hokkaido

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Panorama view of Mount Apoi and Samani Town
Panorama view of Mount Apoi and Samani Town
Flag of Samani
Official seal of Samani
Location of Samani in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Location of Samani in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Samani is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°8′N 142°56′E / 42.133°N 142.933°E / 42.133; 142.933Coordinates: 42°8′N 142°56′E / 42.133°N 142.933°E / 42.133; 142.933
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
District Samani
 • Total 364.33 km2 (140.67 sq mi)
Population (April 2017)
 • Total 4,482
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
 • Tree Pinus parviflora Sieb. & Zucc.
 • Flower Callianthemum miyabeanum (ヒダカソウ, hidaka-sō)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address Ōdori 21, 1-Chōme, Samani-chō, Samani-gun, Hokkaidō

Samani (様似町, Samani-chō), is a town located in Samani District, Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of April 2017, the town has an estimated population of 4,482, with 2,242 households,[1] and a density of 12 persons per km2. The total area is 364.33 km2.

The local economy is dominated by agriculture, including breeding horses for racing, tourism and the harvesting of wild konbu (昆布).

Samani is at the end of the Wanman (ワンマン運転, Wanman Unten) train line that runs from Tomakomai.

The Oya-ko rock formation off the coast of Samani

One of the best known sites in Samani is the Oya-ko rocks (親子岩, Oya-ko iwa) that sit just offshore. They are known by this name, meaning Parents-and-Child, because they are a formation of two larger rocks and smaller one. Oya-ko is nesting site for cormorants and other sea birds.

Mount Apoi (アポイ岳, Apoi-dake) is next to the town. A hot spring resort is at the base of the mountain, which is a popular climb among tourists and locals.


  1. ^ "Official website of Samani Town" (in Japanese). Japan: Samani Town. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 

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