Location of Shinhidaka in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)|
|o Mayor||Yoshihide Sakai|
|o Total||1,147.75 km2 (443.15 sq mi)|
|Population (September 30, 2016)|
|o Density||20/km2 (53/sq mi)|
|o Tree||Ezoyamazakura and Japanese Ash|
|o Flower||Ezoyamatsutsuji (Rhododendron kaempferi) and Rugosa Rose|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||
3-2-50, Shizunai Miyukich?, Shinhidaka-ch?, Hidaka-gun, Hokkaid?|
The river valleys of what is now Shinhidaka were occupied by the Ainu. From the 19th century, people from Japan began to settle in the region.
Shinhidaka is in southeastern Hokkaido, between the Pacific Ocean to the South and the Hidaka Mountains to the North. Several rivers rise in the mountains and empty into the sea, including the Shizunai River and the Mitsuishi River.
Nijikken-d?ro (), literally, road 20 ken (36 metres (118 ft)) in width, is an avenue lined with Ezo mountain cherry Prunus sargentii, (? Ezo-yamazakura) trees and a major tourist attraction of the town. The 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) road was created for a visit of the Imperial Family to the nearby Niikappu horse ranch in 1903. The ranch is under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Household Agency. It took five years to transplant trees from the local mountains to create the avenue. It was finished in 1916. Shinhidaka holds a cherry blossom festival yearly in May at the road in Shizunai ward.
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