Hiraka, Aomori

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Former municipality
Location of Hiraka in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Hiraka in Aomori Prefecture
Hiraka is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 40°35′1.7″N 140°33′59.2″E / 40.583806°N 140.566444°E / 40.583806; 140.566444Coordinates: 40°35′1.7″N 140°33′59.2″E / 40.583806°N 140.566444°E / 40.583806; 140.566444
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Minamitsugaru
Merged January 1, 2006
(now part of Hirakawa)
 • Total 221.61 km2 (85.56 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2006)
 • Total 22,053
 • Density 99.5/km2 (258/sq mi)
 • Tree Sakura
 • Flower Apple
 • Bird Copper pheasant
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Hiraka (平賀町 Hiraka-machi?) was a town located in Minamitsugaru District in central Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

Hiraka was founded on March 1, 1955 through the merger of the towns of Taikoji and Kashiwagi with the villages of Takedate, Ozaki and Machiya.

On January 1, 2006, Hiraka, along with the town of Onoe, and the village of Ikarigaseki (all from Minamitsugaru District), was merged to create the new city of Hirakawa, and thus no longer exists as an independent municipality.

An inland village, Hiraka had an agriculture-based economy and was noted for its production of apples. At the time of its merger, Hiraka had an estimated population of 22,053 and a population density of 99.5 persons per km2. The total area was 221.61 km2.

Hiraka was served by Route 102 (Japan) and Route 454 (Japan) highways, as well as by four stations on the Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line.