Biratori, Hokkaido

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Biratori Town hall
Biratori Town hall
Flag of Biratori
Location of Biratori in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Location of Biratori in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Biratori is located in Japan
Location in Japan
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Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
District Saru
 • Mayor Yoshiteru Nakamichi
 • Total 743.16 km2 (286.94 sq mi)
Population (March 2008)
 • Total 5,909
 • Density 8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)
 • Tree Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
 • Flower Lily of the Valley
 • Bird Great spotted woodpecker
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 28, Honchō, Biratori-chō, Saru-gun, Hokkaidō

Biratori (平取町 Biratori-chō?) (Ainu: Piraturu[1]) is a town located in Saru District, Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2008, the town has an estimated population of 5,909 and a density of 7.95 persons per km². The total area is 743.16 km².

The Nibutani Dam was constructed in Nibutani (二風谷) district on the Saru River, though there was a strong objection due to a sacred meaning of the place for indigenous Ainu people. Nibutani is the site of the Ainu Cultural center. Nibutani's best known son is perhaps Shigeru Kayano, an advocate for the Ainu and Ainu language and culture. The 'Cultural Landscape along the Saru River resulting from Ainu Tradition and Modern Settlement' within Biratori has been designated an Important Cultural Landscape.[2]

Biratori is primarily an agricultural town, growing many different kinds of fruits and vegetables for people and livestock. Tomatoes are one of the top products of the town. It was also known for its lumber industry.

Other places of note in Biratori:

  • Biratori Onsen Yukara
  • Family Land
  • Suzuran Field in Memu, where Lily of the Valley (also known as Maybells) bloom from May to June. The field covers 15 hectares and is the largest in Japan. It opened to the public in 1963, but had to be closed in 1975 due to damage from overpicking and trampling. It was able to open again ten years later..
  • The UFO park (Set up as a UFO observation platform, it was later closed in the 1970s-1980s.)

See also


  1. Iwasaki-Goodman, M. Traditional food systems of Indigenous Peoples: the Ainu in the Saru River Region, Japan
  2. "Database of Registered National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 29 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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