Tōbetsu, Hokkaido

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Tobetsu
当別町
Town
Tōbetsu Town Office (March 2005)
Tōbetsu Town Office (March 2005)
Flag of Tobetsu
Flag
Official seal of Tobetsu
Symbol
Location of Tobetsu in Hokkaido (Ishikari Subprefecture)
Location of Tobetsu in Hokkaido (Ishikari Subprefecture)
Tobetsu is located in Japan
Tobetsu
Tobetsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°13′N 141°31′E / 43.217°N 141.517°E / 43.217; 141.517Coordinates: 43°13′N 141°31′E / 43.217°N 141.517°E / 43.217; 141.517
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Ishikari Subprefecture)
District Ishikari
Government
 • Mayor Masaki Miyaji
Area
 • Total 422.71 km2 (163.21 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 16,694
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Betula platyphylla[1]
 • Flower Gypsophila elegans
 • Bird Ural owl
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 58-9 Shirakabacho, Tobetsu, Hokkaido
061-0292
Website www.town.tobetsu.hokkaido.jp

Tōbetsu (当別町, Tōbetsu-chō) is a town located in Ishikari, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 16,694, and a density of 39 persons per km². The total area is 422.71 km².

Geography[edit]

Located on the north part of Ishikari Subprefecture of Hokkaido, the shape of the municipality is elongated north to south. It overlaps with the catchment area of the Tōbetsu river approximately. Tōbetsu means "river from marsh" in Ainu language, and in Japanese it is called "Tōbetsu Gawa (river)". Low mountains occupy the northern area of the municipality. The southern area is a part of the Ishikari Plains.

Sapporo, the largest city of Hokkaido, lies on southwest of Tōbetsu. The large river of Ishikari divided Tōbetsu from Sapporo until 1934, when the Sasshō Line railroad connected the two cities. Several more bridges built in the latter half of 20th century have further reduced the traffic obstacle. Tōbetsu has produced rice and recently flowers. Residential buildings are increasing modestly because of its better access to Sapporo.

History[edit]

  • 1902 - Tōbetsu village was founded.
  • 1947 - Tōbetsu village became Tōbetsu town.

Sister cities[edit]

Education[edit]

University[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Hokkaido Tobetsu High School

Transportation[edit]

Notable people from Tōbetsu[edit]

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