Takasu is a small town located in the centre of Hokkaido, the most northern island of Japan. The name means ‘hawk’s nest’ and the town is used as a testing ground for Honda to see how products withstand extreme winter conditions. Takasu has an abundance of fertile land, which has led to a strong agricultural sector specialising in rice and tomatoes.
- Agreement with City of Gold Coast: Sister City, 1995
- Population: Takasu has a population of approximately 6771.
- Language: The official language spoken in Takasu is Japanese.
- Location: Takasu is located in central Hokkaido, Japan and neighbours the city of Asahikawa (the second largest city in Hokkaido).
- Climate: Takasu has four distinct seasons with a high range of temperatures. In winter, Takasu experiences heavy snow fall. The lowest temperatures appear from January to February, at which time temperatures can drop to around -30°C. In summer the temperatures reach up to 30°C. However, due to low humidity summers in Takasu are mild and comfortable.
- Distance from the Gold Coast: Approximately 11 hours by plane.
- Local time: The local time in Takasu is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +9 making it one hour behind the Gold Coast.
- Official city website: www.town.takasu.hokkaido.jp/
Takasu is known for its abundant nature, rice fields, laid back farming lifestyle and friendly locals. Although not a major tourist town, Takasu is worth a visit if you are staying close by in Asahikawa, the second largest city in Hokkaido, famous for the Asahiyama Zoo and Asahikawa Ramen Village. The region is also well known for snow skiing and snowboarding and a popular destination for those wanting less tourists and amazing powder runs.
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