Asahikawa, Hokkaido

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Asahikawa (旭川市; -shi) is a city located in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. The city is the capital of the subprefecture and the second-largest city in Hokkaido, next to Sapporo. It has been a Core city since April 1, 2000.

As of 2004, the city has an estimated population of 361,488 and the density of 483.53 persons per km². The total area is 747.60 km².

The city was founded on August 1, 1922. The Asahikawa Airport is located in Asahikawa.

The second division of the northern army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is headquartered in Asahikawa.

History

The Ainu called the Asahi River Chiu Petsu meaning "River of Waves", but it was misunderstood as Chup Petsu meaning "Sun River", and so came to be called Asahi River (Asahi = Morning Sun)

  • 1890 Kamikawa District set up under Ishikari Province with the villages of Asahikawa, Nagayama and Kamui
  • 1900 Asahikawa Village becomes Kamikawa Town
  • 1914 Asahikawa Town becomes Asahikawa-ku
  • 1922 Asahikawa-ku becomes Asahikawa City
  • 1955 Kamui Village and Etanbetsu Village merge with Asahikawa
  • 1961 Nagayama Town merged
  • 1963 Higashiasahikawa Town merged
  • 1968 Kagura Town merged
  • 1971 Higashitakasu Town merged
  • 1972 Japan's first permanent pedestrian mall Heiwadōri Shopping Park opened
  • April 1, 2000 Asahikawa becomes a Core city

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