The small town of Shimizu (清水町, Shimizu-chō) is located at the base of the Hidaka Mountain Range in the Kamikawa (Tokachi) District, Tokachi, Hokkaidō, Japan. The name Shimizu is taken from the Ainu word Pekerebetsu, which means bright clean river. This town of 10,243, (according to the towns 2011 census) primary source of income is through agriculture. This town, like many others in Hokkaido, is decreasing. Though what draws the visitors to this town from near and far is it's modest, yet eye catching beauty, prime location for accessing world class ski hills in the winter, and country back roads for the cyclist in the summer.