Bibai, Hokkaido

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Bibai
美唄市
City
Flag of Bibai
Flag
Location of Bibai in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Bibai in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Bibai is located in Japan
Bibai
Bibai
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°20′N 141°51′E / 43.333°N 141.850°E / 43.333; 141.850Coordinates: 43°20′N 141°51′E / 43.333°N 141.850°E / 43.333; 141.850
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Mikio Takahashi
Area
 • Total 277.61 km2 (107.19 sq mi)
Population (March 31, 2013)
 • Total 24,768
 • Density 89.2/km2 (231/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Poplar
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Greater White-fronted Goose
Address 1-1, Minami Itchōme, Nishi San-jō, Bibai-shi, Hokkaidō
072-8660
Phone number 0126-62-3131
Website Bibai City

Bibai (美唄市 Bibai-shi?) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2013, the city has an estimated population of 24,768 and the density of 89.2 persons per km². The total area is 277.61 km².

History[edit]

The name of "Bibai" is derived from Ainu word "pipa o i", meaning "Place (Swamp) with many cockscomb pearl mussels".[1][2]

  • 1890 The village of Numakai was founded.
  • 1925 Numakai village became Numakai town.
  • 1926 Numakai was renamed Bibai.
  • 1950 Bibai town became Bibai city.
  • 1982 Bibai Dam was completed.

Geography[edit]

Ishikari River flows to west of Bibai. Bibai Dam was built on the Bibai River, a tributary of Ishikari River.

Lake Miyajima was registered as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 2002.[3]

Education[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Hokkaido Bibai Shoei High School
  • Hokkaido Bibai Seika High School

School for special needs[edit]

  • Hokkaido Bibai School for Special Needs

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Hakodate Main Line Minami-Bibai Branch Line used to run from Bibai to Minami-Bibai.

Road[edit]

Straight line section of Route 12 is the longest in Japan.

References[edit]

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