Esashi, Hokkaido

Esashi, Hokkaidō (Sōya)

is a town in Esashi District, Sōya Subprefecture, Hokkaidō, Japan. As of 2007, its estimated population is 9,641 and its area is 1115.67 km². The name comes from the Ainu word Esaushi, meaning "cape" (in the geographic sense)


  • 1878 Esashi District set up with four villages, Esashi, Tonbetsu, Utanobori and Rebun Village (礼文村, apparently unrelated to the town of Rebun on Rebun Island)
  • September, 1891 Town hall for 3 villages set up
  • April, 1909 Esashi Village becomes a second-class municipality
  • April, 1916 Tonbetsu Village (now Hamatonbetsu Town) split off
  • April, 1923 Esashi becomes a first-class municipality
  • September, 1939 Utanobori Village (now town) split off
  • October, 1947 Esashi becomes a town
  • On March 20, 2006, the neighbouring town of Utanobori merged into the town of Esashi.

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