Tomakomai, Hokkaido

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Tomakomai
苫小牧市
City
Flag of Tomakomai
Flag
Location of Tomakomai in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Location of Tomakomai in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Tomakomai is located in Japan
Tomakomai
Tomakomai
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°38′N 141°36′E / 42.633°N 141.600°E / 42.633; 141.600Coordinates: 42°38′N 141°36′E / 42.633°N 141.600°E / 42.633; 141.600
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura
Area
 • Total 561.49 km2 (216.79 sq mi)
Population (February 29, 2012)
 • Total 174,216
 • Density 310.27/km2 (803.6/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Japanese Rowan
 • Flower Tree flower: Hasukappu (Lonicera caerulea var. emphyllocalyx)
Grass flower: Hanashōbu (Iris ensata var. ensata)
 • Bird Swan
 • Others Shell: Sakhalin surf clam (Pseudocardium sachalinense)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 4-5-6 Asahimachi, Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido
053-8722
Website www.city.tomakomai.hokkaido.jp

Tomakomai (苫小牧市 Tomakomai-shi?) is a city and port in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the largest city in the Iburi Subprefecture and the fifth largest city in Hokkaido.

As of February 29, 2012, it had an estimated population of 174,216, with 83,836 households and a population density of 310.27 persons per km² (803.60 persons per sq. mi.). The total area is 561.49 km2 (216.79 sq mi).

Aerial view of Tomakomai
Tomakomai city hall
Utonai Lake

History[edit]

The name of Tomakomai is derived from Ainu word "to" and "mak oma nay", meaning "Marsh" and "River which goes into the depths of the mountain".[1][2]

  • 1873 The village of Tomakomai was founded.
  • 1918 Tomakomai village became Tomakomai town.
  • 1948 Tomakomai town became Tomakomai city.

Geography[edit]

Mount Tarumae is located in the northwest of Tomakomai and belongs to Shikotsu-Tōya National Park.

Climate[edit]

Tomokomai has a humid continental climate typical of Hokkaido.

Climate data for Tomakomai (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.2
(32.4)
0.5
(32.9)
3.8
(38.8)
9.2
(48.6)
13.5
(56.3)
16.7
(62.1)
20.3
(68.5)
23.1
(73.6)
21.2
(70.2)
15.8
(60.4)
8.9
(48)
2.8
(37)
11.3
(52.4)
Average low °C (°F) −8.3
(17.1)
−8.1
(17.4)
−3.9
(25)
1.2
(34.2)
6.2
(43.2)
11.1
(52)
15.6
(60.1)
18.0
(64.4)
13.3
(55.9)
6.1
(43)
0.1
(32.2)
−5.3
(22.5)
3.8
(38.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40.0
(1.575)
33.7
(1.327)
51.9
(2.043)
79.7
(3.138)
119.5
(4.705)
95.8
(3.772)
167.9
(6.61)
205.0
(8.071)
167.3
(6.587)
103.5
(4.075)
82.9
(3.264)
50.9
(2.004)
1,198.1
(47.171)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 39
(15.4)
39
(15.4)
27
(10.6)
4
(1.6)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1.6)
27
(10.6)
140
(55.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 7.2 7.1 9.1 8.4 9.4 8.5 11.2 11.1 10.1 9.2 9.0 8.2 108.5
Average snowy days 24.6 24.6 14.2 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1.5 13.5 79.7
Average relative humidity (%) 70 70 71 75 79 88 86 79 73 69 68 76 75.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 141.3 141.2 165.7 171.0 171.7 123.3 98.4 118.9 153.3 163.1 129.1 126.2 1,703.2
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

Transportation[edit]

Airport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Road[edit]

Education[edit]

University[edit]

College[edit]

  • National Institute of Technology, Tomakomai College

High Schools[edit]

Public[edit]

  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Higashi High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Minami High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Nishi High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Technical High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Sogokeizai High School

Private[edit]

  • Tomakomai Chuo High School
  • Komazawa University Tomakomai High School

Sports[edit]

In 2014, Tomakomai will host the World Broomball championships.[3]

Sister cities and friendship city[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Friendship city[edit]

Notable people from Tomakomai[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The outline of Tomakomai
  2. ^ The history of Tomakomai
  3. ^ "2014 – IFBA World Broomball Championship, Tomakomai, Japan (December Update)". IFBA. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Sister cities and friendship city of Tomakomai
  5. ^ "Kei Sanbe". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Hisayoshi Sato". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 

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