Hakusan (白山市 Hakusan-shi) is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 January 2018, the city had an estimated population of 113,375 in 43246 households, and a population density of 290 persons per km². The total area of the city was 754.93 square kilometres (291.48 sq mi). It is the second-most populous city in Ishikawa Prefecture after Kanazawa.
Hakusan City Hall
Location of Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture
|Coordinates: 36°30′59.9″N 136°33′56.1″E|
|• - Mayor||Noriaki Yamada|
|• Total||754.93 km2 (291.48 sq mi)|
(January 31, 2018)
|• Density||150/km2 (390/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||2-1 Kuramitsu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa-ken 924-8688|
Hakusan is located in southwestern Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan and is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and Fukui Prefecture to the south, and Gifu Prefecture and Toyama Prefectures to the east. The southeastern portion of the city is dominated by high mountains. Parts of the city are within the borders of Hakusan National Park.
Hakusan has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Hakusan is 14.2 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2542 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.9 °C.
The area around Hakusan was part of ancient Kaga Province. The area became part Kaga Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. Following the Meiji restoration, the area was organised into Ishikawa District, Ishikawa. The town of Mattō was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It became a city on October 10, 1970. On February 1, 2005, Mattō merged with the towns of Mikawa and Tsurugi, and the villages of Kawachi, Oguchi, Shiramine, Torigoe and Yoshinodani (all from Ishikawa District) to form the city of Hakusan.
Hakusan has 19 public elementary schools and ten middle schools operated by the city government, and three public high schools operated by the Ishikawa Prefectural Board of Education and one by the city government. There is also one private high school. Kinjo College, a private junior college is also located in Hakusan.
Sister city relations
- Ishikawa Forest Experiment Station
- Hakusan, the "White Mountain" from which the merged city took its name.
- Hakusan National Park
- Tedori River
- Torigoe Castle ruins, a National Historic Site
- Matto Stadium is home to the city's major football club, FC Hokuriku (formerly Fervorosa Ishikawa, Fervorosa Hakusan and FC Goals) which competes in the Hokushinetsu Regional League.
- Tedorigawa Yoshida Sake Brewery