Hokota city hall
Location of Hokota in Ibaraki Prefecture
|• Total||207.61 km2 (80.16 sq mi)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||1444-1 Hokota, Hokota-shi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1592|
Hokota (鉾田市, Hokota-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 July 2020[update], the city had an estimated population of 45,997 in 18,455 households and a population density of 221.6 persons per km². The percentage of the population aged over 65 was 34.1%. The total area of the city is 207.60 square kilometres (80.15 sq mi).
Hokota is located in central Ibaraki Prefecture, approximately 90 kilometers northeast of Tokyo and within 30 kilometers of Mito City, the prefectural capital. The eastern side of the city faces the Pacific Ocean and has a long shallow coastline from north to south. Most of the inland area is flat, and agriculture that takes advantage of the flat terrain and the mild climate is the core industry..
Hokota has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with light snowfall. The average annual temperature in Hokota is 13.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1408 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.3 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Hokota has remained steady over the past 40 years.
The town of Hokota was created with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The city of Hokota was established on October 11, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Hokota, and the villages of Asahi and Taiyō (all from Kashima District).
Hokota has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 18 members. Hokota, together with neighboring Ōarai and Ibaraki, contributes two members to the Ibaraki Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Ibaraki 2nd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
The economy of Hokota is primarily agricultural, with melons as a major cash crop.
- Hokota has ten public elementary schools and five public middle schools operated by the city government, and two public high schools operated by the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education.
- Otake Beach
- Kashima Littoral Park
Notable people from Hokota
- Tetsuya Asano, soccer player
- Official website (in Japanese)
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