Bihoro, Hokkaido

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Bihoro
美幌町
Town
Bihoro Town Hall
Bihoro Town Hall
Flag of Bihoro
Flag
Official seal of Bihoro
Symbol
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′30″N 144°6′20″E / 43.82500°N 144.10556°E / 43.82500; 144.10556Coordinates: 43°49′30″N 144°6′20″E / 43.82500°N 144.10556°E / 43.82500; 144.10556
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 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 20,920
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Taxus cuspidata
 • Flower Rhododendron dauricum
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 2 Chōme 25 Banchi, Aza Higashi 2 Jō Kita, Bihoro-chō, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaidō
092-8650
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.

One of its attractions is Bihoro Aviation Park, which contains a number of aircraft previously used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

As of 2016, the town has an estimated population of 20,920 and a population density of 48 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.

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