Bihoro, Hokkaido

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Bihoro
美幌町
Town
Flag of Bihoro
Flag
Location of Bihoro in Hokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
Location of Bihoro in Hokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
Bihoro is located in Japan
Bihoro
Bihoro
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°49′N 144°6′E / 43.817°N 144.100°E / 43.817; 144.100Coordinates: 43°49′N 144°6′E / 43.817°N 144.100°E / 43.817; 144.100
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
District Abashiri
Government
 • Mayor Tsuchiya Kōji (土谷耕治?)
Area
 • Total 438.36 km2 (169.25 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 22,117
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Taxus cuspidata
- Flower Rhododendron dauricum
Address 2 Chōme 25 Banchi, Aza Higashi 2 Jō Kita, Bihoro-chō, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaidō
092-8650
Phone number 0152-73-1111
Website www.town.bihoro.hokkaido.jp

Bihoro (美幌町 Bihoro-chō?) is a town located in Abashiri District, Okhotsk Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. The name is derived from the Ainu word piporo, meaning "place of much water".

Largely agricultural, the town is best known for the Bihoro Pass, which affords scenic views over Lake Kussharo in the Akan National Park.

As of 2009, the town has an estimated population of 22,117 and a population density of 50 persons per km². The total area is 438.36 km².

History[edit]

  • 1915 Bihoro Village founded
  • 1919 Tsubetsu Village (津別村), now Tsubetsu Town, split
  • 1921 Part of Tsubetsu Village incorporated
  • 1923 Bihoro Village becomes Bihoro Town
  • 1946 Part of Memanbetsu Village (now Memanbetsu Town) incorporated
  • 1953 Bihoro song, Toru Takemitsu

External links[edit]

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