Shosanbetsu (初山別村, Shosanbetsu-mura) is a village located in Rumoi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Shosanbetsu

初山別村
Village
Flag of Shosanbetsu
Flag
Official seal of Shosanbetsu
Emblem
Location of Shosanbetsu in Hokkaido (Rumoi Subprefecture)
Location of Shosanbetsu in Hokkaido (Rumoi Subprefecture)
Shosanbetsu is located in Japan
Shosanbetsu
Shosanbetsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 44°32′N 141°46′E / 44.533°N 141.767°E / 44.533; 141.767Coordinates: 44°32′N 141°46′E / 44.533°N 141.767°E / 44.533; 141.767
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Rumoi Subprefecture)
DistrictTomamae
Area
 • Total280.04 km2 (108.12 sq mi)
Population
 (September 2016)
 • Total1,249
 • Density4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
Websitewww.vill.shosanbetsu.lg.jp
Shosanbetsu village wooden torii

As of September 2016, the village has an estimated population of 1,249 and a density of 4.5 persons per km². The total area is 280.04 km². Shosanbetsu observatory is a planetarium-cum-astronomical observatory which is a popular attraction in this region.

Shosanbetsu was the hometown of famed bear hunter Yamamoto Heikichi, famous for his killing of the bear Kesagake.

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