Takikawa, Hokkaido

Takikawa (滝川市, Takikawa-shi) is a city located in the Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Takikawa
滝川市
Takikawa City Hall
Takikawa City Hall
Flag of Takikawa
Official seal of Takikawa
Location of Takikawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Takikawa in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Takikawa is located in Japan
Takikawa
Takikawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°33′N 141°55′E / 43.550°N 141.917°E / 43.550; 141.917Coordinates: 43°33′N 141°55′E / 43.550°N 141.917°E / 43.550; 141.917
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • MayorKōkichi Maeda (since April 2011)
Area
 • Total115.90 km2 (44.75 sq mi)
Population
 (December 2016)
 • Total41,306
 • Density360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-2-15, Ōmachi, Takikawa-shi, Hokkaidō
073-8686
ClimateDfb
Websitewww.city.takikawa.hokkaido.jp
Symbols
FlowerAzalea and Cosmos
TreePlatanus

Takikawa City is located in the central area of Hokkaido, it is conveniently located between the cities of Sapporo (biggest city) and Asahikawa (the second biggest city). Takikawa has an inland climate which causes great temperature difference between summer and winter. The average temperature in Takikawa is about 19 degrees Celsius in summer, and –5.9 degrees Celsius (21.4 Fahrenheit) in winter. Takikawa is one of the snowiest locations in Hokkaido, the average amount of snowfall in the past 10 years is 7.77 meters (25 feet, 6 inches).

Takikawa is also the biggest city in northern Sorachi, making it a hub for neighboring towns. Takikawa is situated between the Ishikari River and Sorachi River, about 60 percent of Takikawa is covered in greenery by either forest or agriculture farmland. Takikawa is surrounded by rich nature.

As of December, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 41,306, with 21,561 households. The total area is 115.82 km2.

Origin of the nameEdit

The name of Takikawa City originates from the Ainu Language Sorapuchi which means "area under the waterfall". Also, along the mid-streams of Sorachi River, there is a difference in level which creates a mini waterfall, so the Ainu people have called it Sorapuchipetsu (Taki no kawa) which translates to Waterfall River, since then, the area has been called Takikawa.

HistoryEdit

In 1890, under the ordinance of Hokkaido Prefectural Government, Takikawa Village was established to be a transportation hub to support the coal production of the neighbouring towns.

  • 1890 - Takikawa Village opened.
  • 1906 - Takikawa becomes a Second Class Municipality.
  • 1909 - Takikawa becomes a First Class Municipality. Ebeotsu Village splits off.
  • 1910 - Takikawa Village becomes Takikawa Town.
  • 1952 - Ebeotsu Village becomes Ebeotsu Town.
  • July 1, 1958 - Takikawa Town becomes Takikawa City.
  • 1971 - Ebeotsu Town merged.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Takikawa (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1976−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
7.7
(45.9)
13.5
(56.3)
25.3
(77.5)
32.7
(90.9)
34.1
(93.4)
36.0
(96.8)
35.5
(95.9)
32.1
(89.8)
24.8
(76.6)
20.0
(68.0)
13.9
(57.0)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) −3.1
(26.4)
−1.9
(28.6)
2.4
(36.3)
10.2
(50.4)
17.7
(63.9)
21.9
(71.4)
25.4
(77.7)
26.0
(78.8)
22.0
(71.6)
15.0
(59.0)
6.6
(43.9)
−0.7
(30.7)
11.8
(53.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.9
(19.6)
−6.1
(21.0)
−1.7
(28.9)
5.0
(41.0)
11.7
(53.1)
16.2
(61.2)
20.0
(68.0)
20.7
(69.3)
16.3
(61.3)
9.6
(49.3)
2.6
(36.7)
−4.0
(24.8)
7.0
(44.5)
Average low °C (°F) −11.7
(10.9)
−11.5
(11.3)
−6.5
(20.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
6.3
(43.3)
11.6
(52.9)
16.1
(61.0)
16.6
(61.9)
11.5
(52.7)
4.7
(40.5)
−1.1
(30.0)
−8.0
(17.6)
2.3
(36.2)
Record low °C (°F) −27.2
(−17.0)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−23.1
(−9.6)
−13.8
(7.2)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.4
(34.5)
7.2
(45.0)
7.7
(45.9)
1.6
(34.9)
−3.8
(25.2)
−14.7
(5.5)
−25.9
(−14.6)
−27.2
(−17.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 61.9
(2.44)
53.0
(2.09)
54.1
(2.13)
54.6
(2.15)
74.2
(2.92)
64.4
(2.54)
128.2
(5.05)
153.7
(6.05)
152.3
(6.00)
131.9
(5.19)
132.4
(5.21)
89.0
(3.50)
1,156
(45.51)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 208
(82)
168
(66)
131
(52)
21
(8.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.8)
90
(35)
228
(90)
844
(332)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 17.9 15.7 13.4 11.3 10.9 8.9 10.1 10.8 12.7 15.8 19.3 20.9 167.7
Average snowy days (≥ 3 cm) 20.9 18.8 15.6 3.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 7.8 21.4 87.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 75.6 90.2 130.0 165.6 191.4 172.0 163.1 159.6 153.8 128.4 70.4 54.9 1,551.6
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[1][2]

TourismEdit

FestivalsEdit

  • Lantern Festival - The event was founded by Igarashi Takenobu, an artist born in Takikawa with the goal of giving people the joy of crafting their own piece of artwork. It is an annual event that happens every Winter in Takikawa, and involves the hand crafting of lanterns by attendees
  • Nanohana Festival - Nanohana (English: canola flowers) is a local food festival where signature dishes of the region can be tasted. The specialty of Takikawa is Jingisukan, a grilled mutton dish. The festival is held in Spring.

PlacesEdit

  • Takikawa Sky Park / Takikawa Sky Museum - Takikawa Sky Park is located along the river bed of Ishikari River.
  • Fureai no Sato-onsen - A public outdoor hot spring.
  • Takikawa Art and Natural History Museum - The museum contains both local and foreign art and artefacts.
  • Takikawa Regional History Center - A museum dedicated to the history of Takikawa.
  • Children's Science Museum
  • Maruka Highlands-Cloud Terrace (Unkai) - A hill with scenic views of the city, popular for its panoramas. “Unkai” is the Japanese word for "sea of clouds".
  • B&G Canoe and Yacht Center - Yacht and canoe rental and lessons.
  • Matsuo Jingisukan BBQ - A popular restaurant in the city that specialises in Jingisukan.

TransportationEdit

High schoolsEdit

  • Hokkaido Takikawa High School
  • Hokkaido Takikawa Technical High School
  • Hokkaido Takikawa Nishi High School (Municipal)[1]

Sister citiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  2. ^ 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  3. ^ Sister cities of Takikawa
  4. ^ "Firsts | Springfield 375". Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2012-04-04.

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