Eastern Hokkaido
Eastern Hokkaido

Eastern Hokkaido has 4 sub-prefectures

Unreached Eastern Hokkaido 14 out of 50

15 Unreached out of 50

Here are unreached cities/towns/villages under each subprefectures

Tokachi sub-prefecture

Tokachi subprefecture has 19 cities and towns. Out of which, there are 2 unreached towns as follows:

2 Unreached out of 19
Nakasatsunai villageToyokoro townShihoro town

    • Population: 3937 as of Oct. of 2016
    • Nakasatsunai (中札内村 Nakasatsunai-mura?) is a villagelocated in Kasai District, Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.
    • Every small town or village has one common theme: To increase or maintain the population. Many small towns have similar phenomenon: More older people, less youth. In order to keep the younger generation, they need to provide jobs. In order to provide jobs, they need to have investment on entrepreneurship.
    • There was a church that wanted to start a church in this village. But it has not continued.
    • The following video shows the glimpse of what Nakasatsunai is like:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Pray for the development of business start-up ministry who are called to help people to start a new business. This will help the village to develop and the whole village will welcome this type of ministry.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed in this village.

Its symbolic tree is Elm:

One of the spectacle view is Jewelry Ice near Otsu area:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Ask the Lord to bring new ways of approaching this small town.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

    • Population: 6224 as of July. 2017.
    • Shihoro (士幌町 Shihoro-chō?) is a town located in Katō District, Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.
    • Shihoro town has two roadside stations. They recently upgraded the stations for the tourists to visit their town which creates more business for the town.
    • Major industry is the daily farming. The number of cattle supersedes the population of the people in Shihoro town.

The following video is the introductory video from the town office in Japanese:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Since the typical church planting in a rural area would be very difficult, it would be great to start a house church. Please, pray for the house churches to be started in this area.
  3. Self-sufficient missionaries are needed in order for them to sustain themselves in this small town. Please, pray for the new wave of self-sufficient missionaries would be sent to this town.

Kushiro sub-prefecture

Kushiro subprefecture has 8 cities and towns. Out of which, there are 2 unreached towns as follows:

2 Unreached out of 8
Tsurui villageTeshikaga town

    • Population: 2536 as of July of 2017
    • The village’s name for Tsuru means cranes. And the cranes find their home around this area. And the village is using this natural resources to advertise for their village. Very beautiful sceneries year round. 
    • Village Office website(Nicely done English site): http://www.vill.tsurui.lg.jp (you can click on the English(英語))
    • Every small town or village has one common theme: To increase or maintain the population. Many small towns have similar phenomenon: More older people, less youth. In order to keep the younger generation, they need to provide jobs. In order to provide jobs, they need to have investment on entrepreneurship.
    • The town office is promoting the new comers from other places by providing housing for young family, and support for those who come from other places. They pay for a part of the purchasing an used house or a land for a new house.

The following video was produced by the village office:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Pray for the development of business start-up ministry who are called to help people to start a new business. This will help the village to develop and the whole village will welcome this type of ministry.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed in this village.

    • Population: 7,511 as of Aug. of 2017
    • Teshikaga town has Lake Mashu and Lake Kusharo, those lakes attract many tourists into this town. 
    • Hot springs are also popular here. 

The following video shows what the town is like:

Here is another video from the air:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Ask the Lord to bring new ways of approaching this small town.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

Nemuro sub-prefecture

Nemuro subprefecture has 5 cities and towns. Out of which, there are 2 unreached towns as follows:

2 Unreached out of 5
Shibetsu townRausu town

    • Population: 5,320 as of Sept. of 2017
    • Village Office website(You can choose google translation by selecting 英語): https://www.shibetsutown.jp/
    • Every small town or village has one common theme: To increase or maintain the population. Many small towns have similar phenomenon: More older people, less youth. In order to keep the younger generation, they need to provide jobs. In order to provide jobs, they need to have investment on entrepreneurship.
    • This town is known for salmon park where they have a museum for salmon.

The following video shows what to look for when you visit this town:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Pray for the development of business start-up ministry who are called to help people to start a new business. This will help the village to develop and the whole village will welcome this type of ministry.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed in this village.

    • Population: 5,224 as of Aug. of 2017
    • Rausu town is located in the Shiretoko National Park area. Whale and dolphin watching can be found here. Ice from the north pole drifted through this area.  
    • It has visitor’s center for the national park. Natural hot springs can be enjoyed. 

The following video shows scenes of Rausu town :

Here is another video:

Here is another long version of video for Rausu town:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Ask the Lord to bring new ways of approaching this small town.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

 

Okhotsk sub-prefecture

Okhotsk subprefecture has 18 cities and towns. Out of which, there are 8 unreached towns as follows:

8 Unreached out of 18
Kiyosato TownKoshimizu TownOzora TownTsubetsu TownYubetsu TownTakinoue TownNishiokoppe VillageOumu Town

  • Population: 4,177 as of Aug. of 2017
  • Town Office website(You can choose to translate in to English by choosing 英語): https://www.town.kiyosato.hokkaido.jp/index.html
  • Every small town or village has one common theme: To increase or maintain the population. Many small towns have similar phenomenon: More older people, less youth. In order to keep the younger generation, they need to provide jobs. In order to provide jobs, they need to have investment on entrepreneurship.
  • This town is known for its clean water and they have a factory to produce Japanese Sake.
  • The town office is promoting the new comers from other places by providing housing for young family, and support for those who come from other places. They pay for a part of the purchasing an used house or a land for a new house.

The following video is in Japanese, but it shows what the town is like:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Pray for the development of business start-up ministry who are called to help people to start a new business. This will help the village to develop and the whole village will welcome this type of ministry.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed in this village.

  • Population: 5,013 as of Sept. of 2017
  • Koshimizu town was once reached by a pastor from America. However, the church building disappeared over the time. My wife, Ayumi, also was a part to help the sunday school.
  • Koshimizu is located near the ocean and along side of the ocean, there is a wild flower garden.

The following video shows the wild flower garden:

 

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Ask the Lord to bring new ways of approaching this small town.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

  • Population: 7,328人 as of July 2017.
  • Here is a nice site for visiting Ozora town: http://visitozora.com/
  • This town has an airport called Memanbetsu Airport. 
  • Memanbetsu town and Higashimokoto village merged in 2006 to become Ozora town.

The following video is a promotional for Ozora town:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Since the typical church planting in a rural area would be very difficult, it would be great to start a house church. Please, pray for the house churches to be started in this area.
  3. Self-sufficient missionaries are needed in order for them to sustain themselves in this small town. Please, pray for the new wave of self-sufficient missionaries would be sent to this town.

  • Population: 4,876 as of Aug. 2017
  • This town had a church long time ago, and from that church the Christians are still living in this town, but go to church in other town.
  • Forestry and farming are the main industry. 
  • The population is decreasing each year. The town has a program to invite people to live in their town or try to support those who decide to live in the town.
  • The town’s motto is to live with the forest.

This is an official introduction video from the town:

Below is the summer season:

The following is for the winter:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Work can be a main idol sometimes. They put so much efforts at the expense of their family sometimes. They put work as the number one priority in their lives, and it seems that work is an idol. Please, pray that they will find the Lord and put God 1st above all else.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

  • Population: 9132 as of Aug. 2017
  • This town’s main theme is on tulip flower. 
  • They even try to sell their produce in Russia, especially in the Sakhalin. 
  • Yubetsu town was started by soldier-farmer called Tondenhei.  Tondenhei was one of the main man power to build the main infrastructures in Hokkaido along with prisoners and other farmers.
  • They also focus on setting tulips on the streets. This beautifies the town.

This is a nice video with English subtitle for the Yubetsu town:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Work can be a main idol sometimes. They put so much efforts at the expense of their family sometimes. They put work as the number one priority in their lives, and it seems that work is an idol. Please, pray that they will find the Lord and put God 1st above all else.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

  • Population: 2,688 as of Aug. 2017
  • Since this town used to produce mint, their main theme for the town is aroma through the herbs.
  • They have a park with moss pink. Here is the report on it: https://good-hokkaido.info/en/takinoue-ground-pink/
  • This town also has problem to increase population. So it also has program to promote this town.

This is a on the moss pink park in Takinoue town:

 

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Work can be a main idol sometimes. They put so much efforts at the expense of their family sometimes. They put work as the number one priority in their lives, and it seems that work is an idol. Please, pray that they will find the Lord and put God 1st above all else.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

This is a tourism PR for Nishiokoppe village:

 

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Work can be a main idol sometimes. They put so much efforts at the expense of their family sometimes. They put work as the number one priority in their lives, and it seems that work is an idol. Please, pray that they will find the Lord and put God 1st above all else.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.

  • Population: 4,573 as of Aug. 2017
  • Oumu town is located along the Sea of Okhotsk. 
  • Because of its location, the town focuses on the sunrise as a part of their tourism attraction.
  • It has a hotel/hot springs near sunrise point.

Here is a video from drone over the Oumu town:

Here is the sunrise video:

Prayer Points:

  1. Please, ask the Lord of harvest to send His laborers into this town. (Matthew 9:38Luke 10:2)
  2. Work can be a main idol sometimes. They put so much efforts at the expense of their family sometimes. They put work as the number one priority in their lives, and it seems that work is an idol. Please, pray that they will find the Lord and put God 1st above all else.
  3. Pray for the Christian ministries to be developed.