Tōbetsu, Hokkaido

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Tōbetsu

当別町
Town
Tōbetsu Town Office (March 2005)
Tōbetsu Town Office (March 2005)
Flag of Tōbetsu
Flag
Official seal of Tōbetsu
Emblem
Location of Tōbetsu in Hokkaido (Ishikari Subprefecture)
Location of Tōbetsu in Hokkaido (Ishikari Subprefecture)
Tōbetsu is located in Japan
Tōbetsu
Tōbetsu
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
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Ishikari Subprefecture)
DistrictIshikari
Government
 • MayorMasaki Miyaji
Area
 • Total422.71 km2 (163.21 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total16,694
 • Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeBetula platyphylla[1]
 • FlowerGypsophila elegans
 • BirdUral owl
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address58-9 Shirakabacho, Tobetsu, Hokkaido
061-0292
Websitewww.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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