Utashinai, Hokkaido

Utashinai (Japanese歌 志 内 市, - shi) is a city located in Sorachi sub-prefecture on the island of Hokkaido (Japan).


Utashinai is located southwest of Asahikawa and northeast of Sapporo.

At the beginning of the 20th century Utashinai had a population of 7,000 inhabitants and was known as the coal town. This led to a rapid increase in population, so that during the Meiji period - 40s ( 1907-1916 ) in the town of 10,000 and early Taishō period lived while 20,000 people in the city, which continued even after the second world war as 1948 the peak value of 46,000 inhabitants was reached. From the 60s to the coal industry declined and the population dropped to 10,000 in 1981 and after the closing of the Sorachi coal mine in March 1995 to 5,000 residents with persistent trend.


The appointment to Shi on July 1, 1958.

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Ashibetsu
  • Akabira
  • Sunagawa