Kyōwa, Hokkaido

Kyōwa (共和町, Kyōwa-chō) is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Kyōwa

共和町
Town
Kyōwa Town hall
Kyōwa Town hall
Flag of Kyōwa
Flag
Official seal of Kyōwa
Emblem
Location of Kyōwa in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Location of Kyōwa in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Kyōwa is located in Japan
Kyōwa
Kyōwa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°59′N 140°37′E / 42.983°N 140.617°E / 42.983; 140.617Coordinates: 42°59′N 140°37′E / 42.983°N 140.617°E / 42.983; 140.617
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
DistrictIwanai
Government
 • MayorEiji Yamamoto
Area
 • Total304.96 km2 (117.75 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total6,136
 • Density20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address38-2 Minamihoroni, Kyōwa, Iwanai-gun, Hokkaido
048-2292
Websitewww.town.kyowa.hokkaido.jp
Symbols
FlowerMenyanthes
TreeTaxus cuspidata[1]

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 6,136, and a density of 20 persons per km². The total area is 304.96 km².

GeographyEdit

Kyōwa is located on the southern of the Shakotan Peninsula and the northern of Niseko Volcanic Group.

Neighboring towns and villageEdit

HistoryEdit

  • 1880: The village of Hattari was founded.[2]
  • 1897: The village of Maeda was founded.
  • 1901: The village of Kozawa was founded.
  • 1906: Hattari Village and Maeda Village became Second Class Villages.
  • 1909: Kozawa Village became a Second Class Village.
  • 1923: Hattari Village and Maeda Village became First Class Villages.
  • 1955: Hattari Village, Maeda Village, and Kozawa Village were merged to form the new village of Kyōwa.
  • 1971: Kyōwa Village became Kyōwa Town.

EconomicsEdit

Kyōwa's main economic activity is farming, with watermelon, Japanese melon, and sweet corn as major crops. In line with the agricultural theme, the town's mascot is the kakashi, or scarecrow, images of which adorn features of the town including brickwork and light posts.

EducationEdit

  • High school
    • Hokkaido Kyōwa High School[3]
  • Junior high school
    • Kyōwa Junior High School
  • Elementary school
    • Toyo Elementary School
    • Seiryo Elementary School
    • Hokushin Elementary School

TransportationEdit

Iwanai Line (Japanese National Railways) used to run through the town from Kozawa Station to Iwanai Station (Iwanai).

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