Shibecha-cho is a township in the eastern part of Hokkaido, covering an area of 1099.56 square kilometers. Centering on a business district located 40 kilometers northeast of the city of Kushiro, the township extends partly into the Konsen Highlands and the Kushiro Marsh. The climate is cold and humid and sunlight hours are short. It developed in pre-World War II years as a center of horse-breeding and after the war as a diary farming area. Pop.: approx. 9,600 (2001).