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Town Profile

Along with the Matsumae region, Urakawa is one of the oldest areas of settlement in Hokkaido and has continued to be developed as the center of the Hidaka region. The Hidaka branch office of the Hokkaido Government Office and many other government offices are now located in Urakawa. This makes the area the administrative, economic and cultural center of the Hidaka region.

Town
  • Area: 694.26sqkm Population: 12,471(March,2018)
  • Households:6,730(March,2018)
  • Weather: Average 8.0c (High 26.4c), (Low -13.0c) , Average humidity 78%, Wind speed 3.9m/s, Rainfall 1,055.5mm (2017)

Features

Urakawa is located about 50km from Cape Erimo, between the towns of Samani to the east and Shinhidaka to the west. It's about a three and a half hour drive from Sapporo. Climatically, Urakawa is a very pleasant place to live. Due to its proximity to the sea, Urakawa is blessed with relatively cool summers and mild winters compared to the rest of Hokkaido.

Social Services

Urakawa provides learning opportunities, such as horseback riding, that are tailored to the region's traditions and characteristics. Urakawa also teaches children subjects that will prepare them for today's international demands. It encourages volunteer activities, incorporates international exchanges into the school's curriculum and eagerly welcomes teachers of other nationalities.

Education

Projects

Urakawa provides learning opportunities, such as horseback riding, that are tailored to the region's traditions and characteristics. Urakawa also teaches children subjects that will prepare them for today's international demands. It encourages volunteer activities, incorporates international exchanges into the school's curriculum and eagerly welcomes teachers of other nationalities.

Exchang

Urakawa must be one of the most international towns in Hokkaido. Foreign people who live in Urakawa work as equestrian specialists at the horse farms and as teachers of English in the school system. The town has good international links and plans are currently underway to organize a sister-city program*. The people of Urakawa are enthusiastic for the proposed cultural exchange program and the possibilities for mutual exchange.

*Newmarket (Forest Heath, England) world-famous as a center for racing, training, breeding and sale of horses, would make it an ideal partner for Urakawa.