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Bibai, Hokkaido

Flag of Bibai
Location of Bibai in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Bibai in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Bibai is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
 • Mayor Mikio Takahashi
 • Total 277.61 km2 (107.19 sq mi)
Population (March 31, 2013)
 • Total 24,768
 • Density 89.2/km2 (231/sq mi)
 • Tree Poplar
 • Flower Azalea
 • Bird Greater white-fronted goose
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-1, Minami Itchōme, Nishi San-jō, Bibai-shi, Hokkaidō
Phone number 0126-62-3131
Website Bibai City

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

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.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Education 3
    • High schools 3.1
    • School for special needs 3.2
  • Transportation 4
    • Rail 4.1
    • Road 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.


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]


High schools

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

School for special needs

  • Hokkaido Bibai School for Special Needs



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


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


  1. ^ Outline of Bibai
  2. ^ Hisory of Bibai
  3. ^ Tourist spots and events of Bibai

External links

  • (Japanese) Official website

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