Location of Biei in Hokkaido (Kamikawa Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Kamikawa Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Satoshi Hamada|
|• Total||677.16 km2 (261.45 sq mi)|
|Population (September 30, 2016)|
|• Density||15/km2 (40/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Japanese White Birch|
|• Flower||Lily of the Valley|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||4-6-1 Motomachi, Biei-chō, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaidō
Biei (美瑛町 Biei-chō) is a town located in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 10,374, and a density of 15 persons per km². The total area is 677.16 km².
Biei is famous for its views of wide fields and hills, and is used as a backdrop for many Japanese commercials and TV programmes. The bright colours of its fields attract thousands of visitors in July and August.
The town also houses the Shinzo Maeda Photo Art Gallery.
Since 1992, Biei has held the "Biei Healthy Marathon", which attracts runners from all around Japan.
- Biei Healthy Marathon official website Main page (in Japanese)
- Media related to Biei, Hokkaidō at Wikimedia Commons
- Biei travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Official Website (in Japanese)
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