Date, Hokkaidō

Date, Hokkaidō
—  City  —
Location of Date in Hokkaidō (Iburi)
Date is located in Japan
Coordinates: 42°28′N 140°52′E / 42.467°N 140.867°E / 42.467; 140.867Coordinates: 42°28′N 140°52′E / 42.467°N 140.867°E / 42.467; 140.867
Country Japan
Region Hokkaidō
Prefecture Hokkaidō (Iburi)
 – Mayor Hideyoshi Kikuya
 – Total 444.28 km2 (171.5 sq mi)
Population (June 2008)
 – Total 37,247
 – Density 83.8/km2 (217/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- Tree Sargent's cherry
- Flower Azalea
Phone number 0142-23-3331
Address 20-1, Kashimachō, Date-shi, Hokkaidō
Website City of Date

Date (伊達市 Date-shi?) is a city located in Iburi, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Date was established around 1869 and became a city on April 1, 1972.

Date lies at the conjunction of National Highway Route 37 and Route 453. Date can be accessed via the Date Interchange from the expressway or from JR Hokkaido station Date-Monbetsu.[1]



Remains of settlements from the Jōmon period have been found in the Date area. The Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaido, also maintained a settlement at another location nearby until the beginning of the 20th century, when the Ainu were mostly assimilated into Japanese society.

The name of the area comes from the Date clan, who rose to power in the 12th century in Fukushima, on the mainland. Before the Edo period, their home castle was the Yanagawa castle in Date District, Fukushima. Later, it became the Sendai castle. The Date clan ruled the whole of Miyagi Prefecture as well as the southern part of Iwate Prefecture prefecture, and was one of the most influential daimyos.

During the Meiji period, many samurai, including the Date clan, lost their territories due to the political changes of the Meiji Restoration. In 1869, a a branch family of the Date clan from Watari-Date moved to and settled at the south coast of the then-uncultivated Hokkaidō. This was the foundation of Date.

On March 1, 2006, the village of Ōtaki, from Usu District, was merged into Date.


Date is home to Mount Usu (702 metres (2,303 ft)) and the Osa-ru River.

As a result of city and village merges, Date can essentially be divided into two sections: The Otaki Forest area and the Date Historic City area. Otaki Forest is home to Sankaidaki Falls and the Shirakinu River Bed. Date Historic City contains buildings that were built by the samurai, the most famous of which is the Usu-Zenkou temple.

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