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Takko Town Hall
Takko Town Hall
Flag of Takko
Official seal of Takko
Location of Takko in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Takko in Aomori Prefecture
Takko is located in Japan
Location of Takko in Aomori Prefecture
Coordinates: 40°20′23.8″N 141°09′7.2″E / 40.339944°N 141.152000°E / 40.339944; 141.152000Coordinates: 40°20′23.8″N 141°09′7.2″E / 40.339944°N 141.152000°E / 40.339944; 141.152000
PrefectureAomori Prefecture
 • Type'Mayor-council government'
 • MayorHarumi Yamamoto
 • Total241.98 km2 (93.43 sq mi)
 (January 31, 2017)
 • Total5,821
 • Density24/km2 (60/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeJapanese rowan
Phone number0179-32-3111
Address81 Tenjindōtai Tako-machi, Sannohe-gun, Aomori-ken 039-0201
Shikakudake on the border of Takko with Iwate Prefecture and Akita Prefecture

Takko (田子町, Takko-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 January 2017, the town had an estimated population of 5,821, and a population density of 24 persons per km2, in 2,214 households.[1]. The total area of the town is 241.98 square kilometres (93.43 sq mi).[2]


Takko occupies the far southeast corner of Aomori Prefecture, south of the Hakkōda Mountains. Much of the town is mountainous, and has a cold Humid continental climate characterized by cool, short summers and long, cold winters with extremely heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Dfa). The average annual temperature in Takko is 8.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1375 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.8 °C. [3]. The mountainous area is home to many indigenous plant and animal species. Wildlife includes Japanese macaque monkeys, kamoshika, tanuki, and Asian black bears.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Aomori Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture

Akita Prefecture


Per Japanese census data[4], the population of Takko has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 9,427
1980 8,878
1990 8,106
2000 7,288
2010 6,176


The area around Takko has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and numerous Jōmon period remains have been discovered. The town name is derived from an Ainu word “tapkop”, meaning “small hill”. During the Edo period, the area was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain and later by Hachinohe Domain. During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Takko Village was created as a separate village from former Kamigō Village. It was elevated to town status on November 10, 1928. On March 1, 1955, Kamigō Village merged back with Takko Town.


The economy of Takko is heavily dependent on agriculture and forestry. The main crop is garlic, of which Takko is Japan's largest producer.


Takko has three public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government and one public high school operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education.

High school (1)

Middle school (1)

  • Takko Junior High School

Elementary schools (3)

  • Takko Elementary School
  • Shimizugashira Elementary School
  • Kamigō Elementary School

Kindergarten (1)

  • Takko Kindergarten

Nursery schools (2)

  • Takko Hoikuen
  • Kamigo Hoikuen



  • The town has no passenger railway service.


International relations[edit]

Noted people from Takko[edit]

  • Sampachi Kawa – manga artist


  1. ^ home page
  2. ^ 詳細データ 青森県青森県田子町. 市町村の姿 グラフと統計でみる農林水産業 (in Japanese). Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ Takko climate data
  4. ^ Takko population statistics
  5. ^ a b "Takko, Aomori official home page" (PDF). 姉妹都市との交流 (in Japanese). 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Commune Monticelli d'Ongina official home page" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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