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Hokuei Town Hall
Hokuei Town Hall
Flag of Hokuei
Official seal of Hokuei
Location of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture
Hokuei is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°29′N 133°46′E / 35.483°N 133.767°E / 35.483; 133.767Coordinates: 35°29′N 133°46′E / 35.483°N 133.767°E / 35.483; 133.767
PrefectureTottori Prefecture
 • MayorAkio Matsumoto
 • Total56.94 km2 (21.98 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2016)
 • Total14,718
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)

Hokuei (北栄町, Hokuei-chō) is a town located in Tōhaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Bordering it are Kotoura to the west, Kurayoshi to the south and Yurihama to the east. As of October 1, 2016, the town has an estimated population of 14,718 and a density of 260 persons per km2. The total area is 57.15 km2.

Hokuei was created on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Hōjō and Daiei, both from Tōhaku District.

Its main agricultural products are watermelon, nagaimo, tobacco, rakkyō, grapes and wine. It has nine wind turbines along the coast, which faces the Sea of Japan.

In honor of manga artist Gosho Aoyama, who was born in the former town of Daiei, the town has various tourist attractions related to his most famous work, Detective Conan (known as Case Closed in the United States), including a Detective Conan-themed train station, and is promoted as Conan Town.[1] Tottori Airport, 25 miles away from Hokuei (and located in the town of Koyama, within the city of Tottori, not Hokuei) was renamed Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport (鳥取砂丘コナン空港 Tottori Sakyū Konan Kūkō) in 2015. This has caught the attention of American late night talk show host Conan O'Brien, who discussed the town in his talk show[2] and visited in September 2018, during which he became honorary mayor for one day and served hamburgers to the townspeople.[3]

Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

Famous people


  1. ^ MATCHA. "Meet Detective Conan In Tottori! Explore The World Of Manga And Anime | MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE". MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ McDonald, Andy (2018-08-30). "Conan O'Brien Is Headed To Japan To Visit 'Conan Town'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  3. ^ Suk, Sarah (2018-09-07). "Conan O'Brien's showdown in Japan's 'Conan Town' ends peacefully after 1,000-hamburger barbecue". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2018-09-10.