Ishikari (ēshkäˈrē) [key], second largest river of Japan, c.225 mi (360 km) long, rising in the mountainous interior of Hokkaido and flowing generally southwest to Ishikari Bay near Otaru. It drains an extensive coal area and waters the Ishikari lowland, a fertile agricultural region.

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