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
Emblem
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
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Okhotsk Subprefecture)
DistrictAbashiri
Government
 • MayorTsuchiya Kōji (土谷耕治)
Area
 • Total438.36 km2 (169.25 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total20,920
 • Density48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeTaxus cuspidata
 • FlowerRhododendron dauricum
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address2 Chōme 25 Banchi, Aza Higashi 2 Jō Kita, Bihoro-chō, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaidō
092-8650
Websitewww.town.bihoro.hokkaido.jp

Bihoro (美幌町, Bihoro-chō) is a town located in 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 has 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 September 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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