Furubira, Hokkaido

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Furubira Town hall
Furubira Town hall
Flag of Furubira
Official seal of Furubira
Location of Furubira in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Location of Furubira in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
Furubira is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°16′N 140°38′E / 43.267°N 140.633°E / 43.267; 140.633Coordinates: 43°16′N 140°38′E / 43.267°N 140.633°E / 43.267; 140.633
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
District Furubira
 • Mayor Junji Homma
 • Total 188.41 km2 (72.75 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 3,265
 • Density 17/km2 (45/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 40-4 Hama-machi, Furubira, Furubira-gun, Hokkaido
Website www.town.furubira.lg.jp

Furubira (古平町, Furubira-chō) is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. As of September 2016, the town had an estimated population of 3,265, and a density of 17 persons per km². The total area is 188.41 square kilometres (72.75 sq mi).[1][2]


Furubira occupies the eastern end of the north coast of the Shakotan Peninsula facing the Japan Sea. The town is largely built around the Furubira River, which runs from the highlands of the Shakotan Peninsula into the Japan Sea.[1]

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Furubira was established as one of many Pacific herring fishing settlements in the region at the beginning of the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The town was formally incorporated in 1902.[1]


Manganese was once mined at the head of the Furubira River; mining ceased in the town in 1984. The mine was located at Inakuraishi.

The Port of Furubira, located near Cape Maruyama, is an active fishing port. Shrimp, Alaska pollack, and saltwater clams are a mainstay of the economy. The Furubira River provides irrigation for the production of rice, potatoes, and soy beans. Beef, pork, and poultry are also raised in the town.[1]


Hokkaido Furubira High School closed in 2012.

  • Furubira Elementary School
  • Furubira Junior High School


  1. ^ a b c d "古平(町)" [Furubira]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ 人口と世帯 [Population and households] (in Japanese). Furubira, Hokkaido, Japan: Town of Furubira. 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 

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