Bifuka, Hokkaido

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Bifuka
美深町
Town
Bifuka town hall
Bifuka town hall
Flag of Bifuka
Flag
Official seal of Bifuka
Symbol
Location of Bifuka in Hokkaido (Kamikawa Subprefecture)
Location of Bifuka in Hokkaido (Kamikawa Subprefecture)
Bifuka is located in Japan
Bifuka
Bifuka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 44°29′N 142°21′E / 44.483°N 142.350°E / 44.483; 142.350Coordinates: 44°29′N 142°21′E / 44.483°N 142.350°E / 44.483; 142.350
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Kamikawa Subprefecture)
District Nakagawa (Teshio)
Area
 • Total 672.14 km2 (259.51 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 4,609
 • Density 6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.town.bifuka.hokkaido.jp

Bifuka (美深町?, Bifuka-chō) is a town in Nakagawa (Teshio) District, Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. As of 2016, the town had an estimated population of 4,609 and a density of 6.9 persons per km². The total area is 672.14 square kilometres (259.51 sq mi).[1]

Geography[edit]

Bifuka is located in a valley in the north central region of the island of Hokkaido. The town is surrounded by mountains. The Teshio River flows roughly northwest through Bifuka.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Bifuka borders six other municipalities, which span Kamikawa, Okhotsk, and Sōya subprefectures:

Education[edit]

Hokkaido Bifuka High School is located in the town.

Museum[edit]

Bifuka is home to the Bifuka Sturgeon Museum, a small facility which maintains eight species of sturgeon. Sturgeon were found in the Teshio River as far as Bifuka until the Meiji Period.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Bifuka is served by the JR Hokkaido Sōya Line.

The town is linked with Route 40 linking Wakkanai and southern Hokkaido. Another route the Route 275 is also connected.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 美深町の人口 [Enbetsu] (in Japanese). Bifuka, Hokkaido: Town of Bifuka. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  2. ^ "美深町チョウザメ館" [Bifuka Sturgeon Museum]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 56431036. Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 

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