|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||(三輪 茂)|
|• Total||992.67 km2 (383.27 sq mi)|
(September 30, 2016)
|• Density||13/km2 (33/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||210-1 Monbetsu Honchō, Hidaka-chō, Saru-gun, Hokkaidō|
Hidaka Town is divided into two wards, which coincide with the former towns of Hidaka and Monbetsu. The town of Biratori lies between the two wards separating them. Hidaka Ward (Hidaka-ku) lies in the Hidaka Mountains at a cross road leading to Sapporo, Furano, Obihiro, and Biratori. These crossroads lead to Hidaka and Nisshō passes. Monbetsu Ward (Monbetsu-ku) lies on the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the outlet of the Saru River.
A train line used to run up to Hidaka along the Saru River. The train carried lumber from the logging camps down to the coast. The train line is no longer used.
The entire town has an area of 992.67 square kilometres (383.27 sq mi). Hidaka ward has an area of 563.94 square kilometres (217.74 sq mi) and Monbetsu ward has an area of 428.73 square kilometres (165.53 sq mi).
As of September 2016, Hidaka had a population of 12,596.
On March 1, 2006, the town of Monbetsu was merged into Hidaka.
Hidaka also has a ski slope called the Hidaka Skijo, which has 4 chairlifts and an onsen called Kogenso.
Art and CultureEdit
There is also a Shonen Shizen no Ie Boys' Nature House.