Hokuto (北斗市, Hokuto-shi) is a city in the center of the Oshima Subprefecture in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. It serves as a bedroom community for Hakodate, to the east of the city. Hokuto was formed on February 1, 2006 from merging the town of Kamiiso, from Kamiiso District, and the town of Ōno, from Kameda District. Hokuto is the third city to be established in Oshima. (The second, Kameda, no longer exists being dissolved just two years after its founding in 1971). Hokuto is the second largest city in Oshima by population after Hakodate.
Hokuto City Hall
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Oshima Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Toshimine Takaya|
|• Total||397.29 km2 (153.39 sq mi)|
(September 30, 2016)
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Japanese Black Pine and Japanese beech|
|• Flower||Spring: Sakura|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||1-3-10 Chūō, Hokuto-shi, Hokkaidō|
Hokuto is in the middle of Oshima, a peninsula in Hokkaido's south. The southeast portion is mostly plains and the western part is more mountainous. The south borders the Hakodate Bay. The Ōno River runs north and south through the middle of Hokuto.
- 1900: Kamiiso village and Ono village were founded.
- 1918: Kamiiso village became Kamiiso town.
- 1955: Mobetsu village was merged into Kamiiso town.
- 1957: Ono village became Ono town.
- 2006: Kamiiso town and Ono town were merged to form Hokuto city.
- Esashi Line: Nanaehama - Higashi-Kunebetsu - Kunebetsu - Kiyokawaguchi - Kamiiso - Moheji - Oshima-Tōbetsu
- Hakodate Main Line: Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
- Hokkaido Shinkansen: Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
- Hakodate-Esashi Expressway: Hokuto-Oiwake IC - Hokuto-chūō IC - Hokuto-Tomigawa IC - Hokuto-Moheji IC
- Hokkaido Kamiiso High School
- Hokkaido Ono Agricultural High School
- Hokkaido Hakodate fisheries High School
- "北斗（市）" [Hokuto]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "上磯" [Kamiiso]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
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