Furubira Town hall
Location of Furubira in Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Shiribeshi Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Junji Homma|
|• Total||188.41 km2 (72.75 sq mi)|
|Population (September 30, 2016)|
|• Density||17/km2 (45/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||40-4 Hama-machi, Furubira, Furubira-gun, Hokkaido
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).
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.
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.
Hokkaido Furubira High School closed in 2012.
- Furubira Elementary School
- Furubira Junior High School
- "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.
- 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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