Toyako-cho (Toyako Town) was founded on March 27, 2006, through the merger of the former Abuta-cho and Toya-mura.
The town is located in the central-western part of Hokkaido and borders the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, surrounded by a lake (Toyako “Lake Toya”), mountains (Mount Usu,) and the ocean (Volcano Bay) blessing the town with rich nature.
The town is located in the most temperate area of Hokkaido, has good access, and is blessed with beautiful scenery. Therefore, it is one of the top tourist areas in Hokkaido, where more than four million tourists visit annually.
As for agriculture, crops such as various types of potatoes, beans, and sweat corn are grown, centered on the Toyako region which produces the largest volume of celery and red perilla in Hokkaido.
The area's fishery industry is centered on the farming of scallops in Volcano Bay, but also includes a flourishing marine product processing industry for items such as scallops, sea urchin, and flounder.
As for tourism, the area is famous for Toyako and Mount Usu in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
In addition, the area possesses the natural resources to commune with and experience an abundant nature, and these include Toyako Onsen (hot spring) which is famous throughout Japan, the shore promenade on which one can also view sculptures, and the Nishiyama (Mount Nishi) Crater Promenade from which one can closely see the crater of Mount Usu.
Head of Toyako-cho Yoshio Nagasaki