Yoichi, Hokkaido

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Yoichi downtown
Yoichi downtown
Flag of Yoichi
Official seal of Yoichi
Location of Yoichi in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Location of Yoichi in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Yoichi is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°12′N 140°47′E / 43.200°N 140.783°E / 43.200; 140.783Coordinates: 43°12′N 140°47′E / 43.200°N 140.783°E / 43.200; 140.783
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
District Yoichi
 • Mayor Tamotsu Shima
 • Total 140.60 km2 (54.29 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 19,698
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
 • Tree Apple
 • Flower Apple
 • Bird Common gull
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 26 Asahi-cho, Yoichi, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido
Website www.town.yoichi.hokkaido.jp

Yoichi (余市町, Yoichi-chō) is a town located in the Yoichi District, Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.


As of 2016, the population of Yoichi is estimated to be 19,698 with a density of 160 persons per km². The total area of Yoichi is 140.60 km². The climate is mild (8.2 °C average), with temperatures ranging from -6 °C to 26 °C.[1]


Yoichi is located on the southeastern edge of the Shakotan Peninsula and faces the Sea of Japan. North of the town belongs to the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park.[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Yoichi is the home of the Yoichi distillery owned by Nikka Whisky Distilling. Yoichi is also famous for its fruit, particularly apples, and wine, and Yoichi apple juice is also famous throughout Japan. Yoichi is also becoming a well-known wine region. In Sawa-machi, near the port, there are many fish processing factories, producing goods such as migaki-nishin.

Culture and tourism[edit]

Yoichi is a coastal town, with several nice beaches, including Moire kaisuiyokujo. Yoichi is popular with surfers from autumn through to spring, but in summer there is very little swell, and the coastline is better suited to kayaking and swimming. In July and August, the beaches are popular with campers, and other tourists.[3] Many people pass Yoichi on their way to explore Shakotan peninsula or Niseko. Yoichi is also close to some local club ski fields such as Niki Ski Field.[4] There are also many lovely walks in the back country in the hills behind Yoichi.[5] Additional English tourist information is available at [6]

Yoichi is the birthplace of the "Soran" folk song, known throughout Japan, and recently associated with the Hokkaidan Yosakoi dance.[citation needed] The Yoichi Soran festival, featuring dancing, fireworks and delicious food and drink, is held every year in the first weekend of July, a few weeks after the Yoichi shrine festival.

The cave paintings at Fugoppe Cave in Yoichi are the first known signs of prehistoric life on Hokkaido. Their origin remains a mystery.

Yoichi is easily accessible by bus and train, which run approximately hourly to and from Otaru, Sapporo, and Kutchan, a town 45 minutes south of Yoichi where world class skiing and snowboarding may be enjoyed. A new motorway is being built connecting Yoichi to Sapporo, reducing the drive to 30 minutes. It is due for completion in 2018.

Twin towns[edit]

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High schools[edit]

Hokkaido Yoichi High School was merged with Hokkaido Niki High School (Niki) and Hokkaido Furubira High School (Furubira) in 2010.

  • Public
    • Hokkaido Yoichi Koshi High School[7]
  • Private
    • Hokusei Gakuen Yoichi High School[8]

Junior high school[edit]

  • Asahi Junior High School
  • Higashi Junior High School
  • Nishi Junior High School

Elementary school[edit]

  • Kurokawa Elementary School
  • Nobori Elementary School
  • Ōkawa Elementary School
  • Sakae Elementary School
  • Sawamachi Elementary School

Notable people[edit]

Yoichi is the birthplace of Mamoru "Mark" Mohri, the first Japanese astronaut; he attended elementary and junior high schools here. The Yoichi Space Museum, also called the Space Apple, was dedicated in his honor when it was opened in 1998. Other Yoichi luminaries include ski jumping Olympic gold medalists Yukio Kasaya and Kazuyoshi Funaki. They were born in Yoichi and took up ski jumping at the facility built by Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky Distilling.[9]


  1. ^ Web Japan <http://web-japan.org>
  2. ^ Introduction of Yoichi. Town.yoichi.hokkaido.jp. Retrieved on 2016-07-06.
  3. ^ Swim in Yoichi
  4. ^ Ski in Yoichi
  5. ^ Hike in Yoichi
  6. ^ Yoichi Holiday Information. Yoichiholiday.com. Retrieved on 2016-07-06.
  7. ^ Hokkaido Yoichi Koshi High School. Yoichikoshi.hokkaido-c.ed.jp. Retrieved on 2016-07-06.
  8. ^ Hokusei Gakuen Yoichi High School. Hokusei-y-h.ed.jp. Retrieved on 2016-07-06.
  9. ^ Yoichi Town. fleemy.com

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