Yakumo, Hokkaido

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Yakumo
八雲町
Town
View over Yakumo-chō
View over Yakumo-chō
Flag of Yakumo
Flag
Official seal of Yakumo
Symbol
Location of Yakumo in Hokkaido
Location of Yakumo in Hokkaido
Yakumo is located in Japan
Yakumo
Yakumo
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°15′N 140°16′E / 42.250°N 140.267°E / 42.250; 140.267Coordinates: 42°15′N 140°16′E / 42.250°N 140.267°E / 42.250; 140.267
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido
District Futami
Government
 • Mayor Katsunori Iwamura
Area
 • Total 955.98 km2 (369.11 sq mi)
Population (2016-09-30)
 • Total 17,299
 • Density 18/km2 (47/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Japanese yew
 • Flower Sunflower
 • Bird Steller's sea eagle
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 138-1, Sumizome-chō, Yakumo-cho, Futami-gun, Hokkaidō
049-3192
Website www.town.yakumo.lg.jp

Yakumo (八雲町, Yakumo-chō) is a town in Futami District (formerly located in Yamakoshi District), Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2016, the town's population was estimated as 17,299, with a density of 18 persons per km2. The total area is 955.98 km2.

On October 1, 2005, the town of Kumaishi (from Nishi District, Hiyama Subprefecture) was merged into Yakumo (formerly part of Yamakoshi District); now in the newly created Futami District. The former town of Kumaishi joined Oshima Subprefecture at the same time.

Geography[edit]

Yakumo is the only municipality which faces both the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. The Yakumo area and the Kumaishi area are separated by mountains.

The name comes from the word "Yakumo" in the Waka composed by Susanoo-no-Mikoto.[1]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1881: The village of Yakumo was founded in Yamakosi District.
  • 1902:
  • 1919: Yakumo village became Yakumo town.
  • 1957: Otoshibe village in Kayabe District was merged into Yakumo town.
  • 1962: Kumaishi village became Kumaishi town.
  • 2005: Yakumo town and Kumaishi town was merged to form new town of Yakumo in Futami District. (Because of it, Hiyama Subprefecture was divided between north and south.)

Education[edit]

  • High schools
    • Hokkaido Yakumo High School[2]
    • Hokkaido Kumaishi High School[3]

Transportation[edit]

Sister city[edit]

Notable people from Yakumo[edit]

References[edit]

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