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Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Tomakomai (苫小牧市, Tomakomai-shi) is a city and port in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the largest city in the Iburi Subprefecture, and the fifth largest city in Hokkaido.

Tomakomai

苫小牧市
Flag of Tomakomai
Flag
Official seal of Tomakomai
Emblem
Location of Tomakomai in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Location of Tomakomai in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Tomakomai is located in Japan
Tomakomai
Tomakomai
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°38′N 141°36′E / 42.633°N 141.600°E / 42.633; 141.600Coordinates: 42°38′N 141°36′E / 42.633°N 141.600°E / 42.633; 141.600
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Government
 • MayorHirofumi Iwakura
Area
 • Total561.49 km2 (216.79 sq mi)
Population
(February 29, 2012)
 • Total174,216
 • Density310.27/km2 (803.6/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeJapanese Rowan
 • FlowerTree flower: Hasukappu (Lonicera caerulea var. emphyllocalyx)
Grass flower: Hanashōbu (Iris ensata var. ensata)
 • BirdSwan
 • OthersShell: Sakhalin surf clam (Pseudocardium sachalinense)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address4-5-6 Asahimachi, Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido
053-8722
Websitewww.city.tomakomai.hokkaido.jp
Aerial view of Tomakomai
Tomakomai city hall
Utonai Lake

As of February 29, 2012, it had an estimated population of 174,216, with 83,836 households, and a population density of 310.27 persons per km² (803.60 persons per sq. mi.). The total area is 561.49 km2 (216.79 sq mi).

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HistoryEdit

The name of Tomakomai is derived from Ainu words "to" and "makomai", meaning "Marsh" and "River which goes into the depths of the mountain", respectively.[1][2]

  • 1873: The village of Tomakomai was founded.
  • 1918: Tomakomai village became Tomakomai town.
  • 1948: Tomakomai town became Tomakomai city.
  • 06 September 2018: Tomakomai City is the nearest city from the epicenter of the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake.

GeographyEdit

Mount Tarumae is located in the northwest of Tomakomai and belongs to Shikotsu-Tōya National Park.

ClimateEdit

Tomokomai has a humid continental climate typical of Hokkaido.

Climate data for Tomakomai (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.2
(32.4)
0.5
(32.9)
3.8
(38.8)
9.2
(48.6)
13.5
(56.3)
16.7
(62.1)
20.3
(68.5)
23.1
(73.6)
21.2
(70.2)
15.8
(60.4)
8.9
(48)
2.8
(37)
11.3
(52.4)
Average low °C (°F) −8.3
(17.1)
−8.1
(17.4)
−3.9
(25)
1.2
(34.2)
6.2
(43.2)
11.1
(52)
15.6
(60.1)
18.0
(64.4)
13.3
(55.9)
6.1
(43)
0.1
(32.2)
−5.3
(22.5)
3.8
(38.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40.0
(1.575)
33.7
(1.327)
51.9
(2.043)
79.7
(3.138)
119.5
(4.705)
95.8
(3.772)
167.9
(6.61)
205.0
(8.071)
167.3
(6.587)
103.5
(4.075)
82.9
(3.264)
50.9
(2.004)
1,198.1
(47.171)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 39
(15.4)
39
(15.4)
27
(10.6)
4
(1.6)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1.6)
27
(10.6)
140
(55.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 7.2 7.1 9.1 8.4 9.4 8.5 11.2 11.1 10.1 9.2 9.0 8.2 108.5
Average snowy days 24.6 24.6 14.2 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1.5 13.5 79.7
Average relative humidity (%) 70 70 71 75 79 88 86 79 73 69 68 76 75
Mean monthly sunshine hours 141.3 141.2 165.7 171.0 171.7 123.3 98.4 118.9 153.3 163.1 129.1 126.2 1,703.2
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

TransportationEdit

EducationEdit

UniversityEdit

CollegeEdit

  • National Institute of Technology, Tomakomai College

High SchoolsEdit

PublicEdit

  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Higashi High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Minami High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Nishi High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Technical High School
  • Hokkaido Tomakomai Sogokeizai High School

PrivateEdit

  • Tomakomai Chuo High School
  • Komazawa University Tomakomai High School

SportsEdit

In 2014, Tomakomai hosted the World Broomball Championships.[3]

Sister cities and friendship cityEdit

Sister citiesEdit

Friendship cityEdit

Notable people from TomakomaiEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The outline of Tomakomai
  2. ^ The history of Tomakomai
  3. ^ "2014 – IFBA World Broomball Championship, Tomakomai, Japan (December Update)". IFBA. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ Sister cities and friendship city of Tomakomai
  5. ^ "Hisayoshi Sato". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014.

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