Sōya Subprefecture

Sōya Subprefecture (宗谷総合振興局, Sōya-sōgō-shinkō-kyoku) is a subprefecture of Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. Its population is estimated to be 77,500 as of July 31, 2004 and its area is 4,050.84 square kilometres (1,564.04 sq mi). It is the northernmost subprefecture of Japan.

Sōya Subprefecture

宗谷総合振興局
Sōya-sōgō-shinkō-kyoku
Location of Sōya Subprefecture
PrefectureHokkaido
CapitalWakkanai
Area
 • Total4,050.76 km2 (1,564.01 sq mi)
Population
 (March 2009)
 • Total75,665
 • Density19/km2 (48/sq mi)
Websitesouya.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp
Sōya Subprefecture (without Horonobe)

Wakkanai Airport is located in Wakkanai. Rishiri Airport is located in Rishirifuji, Rishiri District.

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HistoryEdit

  • 1897: Sōya Subprefecture established; Sōya, Esashi, Rishiri, Rebun Districts placed under its jurisdiction
  • 1948: Toyotomi village (now town), Teshio District transferred from Rumoi Subprefecture
  • 2010: Horonobe town, Teshio District transferred from Rumoi Subprefecture

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45°23′51″N 141°42′03″E / 45.397521°N 141.700917°E / 45.397521; 141.700917Coordinates: 45°23′51″N 141°42′03″E / 45.397521°N 141.700917°E / 45.397521; 141.700917