Shōbara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Shōbara (庄原市, Shōbara-shi) is a city located in northeastern Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on March 31, 1954.
As of March 2011, the city has an estimated population of 40,226 and a population density of 32 persons per km². The total area is 1,246.60 km².
On March 31, 2005, the towns of Hiwa, Kuchiwa, Saijō, Takano, and Tōjō (all from Hiba District), and the town of Sōryō (from Kōnu District) were merged into Shōbara. Hiba District and Kōnu District were both dissolved as a result of this merger.