Bibai, Hokkaido

Bibai (美唄市, Bibai-shi) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Bibai

美唄市
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Location of Bibai in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Bibai in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Bibai is located in Japan
Bibai
Bibai
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°20′N 141°51′E / 43.333°N 141.850°E / 43.333; 141.850Coordinates: 43°20′N 141°51′E / 43.333°N 141.850°E / 43.333; 141.850
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • MayorMikio Takahashi
Area
 • Total277.61 km2 (107.19 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31, 2013)
 • Total24,768
 • Density89.2/km2 (231/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreePoplar
 • FlowerAzalea
 • BirdGreater white-fronted goose
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address1-1, Minami Itchōme, Nishi San-jō, Bibai-shi, Hokkaidō
072-8660
Websitewww.city.bibai.hokkaido.jp

As of 2013, the city has an estimated population of 24,768, and the density of 89.2 persons per km2. The total area is 277.61 km2.

HistoryEdit

The name of "Bibai" is derived from Ainu word "pipa o i", meaning "Place (swamp) with many cockscomb pearl mussels".[1][2]

  • 1890 - The village of Numakai was founded.
  • 1925 - Numakai village became Numakai town.
  • 1926 - Numakai was renamed Bibai.
  • 1950 - Bibai town became Bibai city.
  • 1982 - Bibai Dam was completed.

GeographyEdit

Ishikari River flows to west of Bibai. Bibai Dam was built on the Bibai River, a tributary of Ishikari River.

Lake Miyajima was registered as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 2002.[3]

EducationEdit

High schoolsEdit

  • Hokkaido Bibai Shoei High School
  • Hokkaido Bibai Seika High School

School for special needsEdit

  • Hokkaido Bibai School for Special Needs

TransportationEdit

RailEdit

Hakodate Main Line Minami-Bibai Branch Line used to run from Bibai to Minami-Bibai.

RoadEdit

Straight line section of Route 12 is the longest in Japan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Outline of Bibai
  2. ^ "History of Bibai". Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  3. ^ Tourist spots and events of Bibai

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