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Takasu

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 7140.
  • 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/

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