The motif of the emblem is the initial hiragana character for the name Toyako, and incorporates the “blessed Toyako” and “limpid blue sky.” The town's grand scenery is also woven into the design, and the emblem represents the vigor of the new town.
We are the residents of Toyako-cho, which is nestled between the beautiful Toyako, a fruitful land, and the Uchiura Bay, which is abundant with sea life. We have inherited a blessed environment and the great achievements of our forefathers, take pride in being residents of Toyako-cho, and will build a rich, beautiful, and pleasant future.
We love our abundant nature and native land and will build a beautiful town.
We will create a dynamic town by fostering industry rooted in the local community.
We will create a town tinged with culture in which people shine and learn throughout their lives.
We will create a town that gives meaning to life by developing healthy minds and bodies.
We will create a safe and peaceful town in which human rights are respected.
Origins of the name of Toyako
The name, Toyako stems from the fact that it faces Toyako.
The Ainu people referred to Toyako as Kimun-to (mountain lake), but the lake was called To-ya (lake shore) by the ancient Japanese.
Are there two Sobetsu Rivers?
Toyako has two Sobestu Rivers.
One river is spelled with the Japanese katakana syllabary, and the other is designated by the Chinese characters that read sobetsu. The Sobetsu River written with katakana is located in Toyako-cho, and the Sobetsu River written with the Chinese characters is located in Sobetsu-cho.
Furthermore, sobetsu is an Ainu word that means river fall.
Are the floors of the bay and the lake the same?
The bottom of Toyako is at the same depth as the deepest part of Uchiura Bay.
In addition, the water level of Toyako is at about the same level as that of the hot springs of Toyako Onsen and the Sobetsu Onsen. It is thought that changes in the water level of Toyako have a major effect on the underground water level of low-lying areas near the lake and that of the mountain areas.