Rankoshi, Hokkaido

Rankoshi (蘭越町, Rankoshi-chō) is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Rankoshi

蘭越町
Town
Rankoshi Town Office
Rankoshi Town Office
Flag of Rankoshi
Flag
Official seal of Rankoshi
Seal
Location of Rankoshi in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Location of Rankoshi in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Rankoshi is located in Japan
Rankoshi
Rankoshi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°49′N 140°32′E / 42.817°N 140.533°E / 42.817; 140.533Coordinates: 42°49′N 140°32′E / 42.817°N 140.533°E / 42.817; 140.533
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
DistrictIsoya
Government
 • MayorTomeo Miyauchi
Area
 • Total449.68 km2 (173.62 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total4,893
 • Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address258-5 Rankoshicho, Rankoshi, Isoya-gun, Hokkaido
048-1392
Websitewww.town.rankoshi.hokkaido.jp
Symbols
FlowerMagnolia kobus
TreeMagnolia kobus

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 4,893, and a density of 11 persons per km². The total area is 449.68 km².

GeographyEdit

Shiribetsu River flows through Rankoshi to the Sea of Japan. The town is surrounded by Niseko Volcanic Group, which belongs to Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park.

The name is derived from Ainu word "Ranko-usi", meaning "Place with many Katsura trees".[1]

Neighboring townsEdit

HistoryEdit

  • 1909: Minamishiribeshi became a Second Class Village.[2]
  • 1940: Minamishiribeshi became a First Class Village.
  • 1954: Minamishiribeshi Village became Rankoshi Town.
  • 1955: A part of Suttsu Town was merged into Rankoshi Town.

EducationEdit

  • High school
    • Hokkaido Rankoshi High School[3]
  • Junior high school
    • Rankoshi Junior High School
  • Elementary school
    • Rankoshi Elementary School
    • Kombu Elementary School

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Sister cityEdit

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