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Hidaka (日高町, Hidaka-chō) is a town located in Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

Hidaka

日高町
Town
Michinoeki Hidaka, Hokkaido.jpg
Flag of Hidaka
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Official seal of Hidaka
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Location of Hidaka in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Location of Hidaka in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Hidaka is located in Japan
Hidaka
Hidaka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°29′N 142°4′E / 42.483°N 142.067°E / 42.483; 142.067Coordinates: 42°29′N 142°4′E / 42.483°N 142.067°E / 42.483; 142.067
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
DistrictSaru
Government
 • Mayor (三輪 茂)
Area
 • Total992.67 km2 (383.27 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total12,596
 • Density13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address210-1 Monbetsu Honchō, Hidaka-chō, Saru-gun, Hokkaidō
059-2192 
Websitewww.town.hidaka.hokkaido.jp

GeographyEdit

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).[1]

DemographicsEdit

As of September 2016, Hidaka had a population of 12,596.

HistoryEdit

On March 1, 2006, the town of Monbetsu was merged into Hidaka.

SportsEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Home Page of Hidaka Town, last access 3 June 2008

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