Higashidōri, Aomori

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Higashidōri
東通村
Village
Shiriyazaki Lighthouse & Kandachime horses
Shiriyazaki Lighthouse & Kandachime horses
Flag of Higashidōri
Flag
Official seal of Higashidōri
Seal
Location of Higashidōri in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Higashidōri in Aomori Prefecture
Higashidōri is located in Japan
Higashidōri
Higashidōri
 
Coordinates: 41°16′41″N 141°19′46″E / 41.27806°N 141.32944°E / 41.27806; 141.32944Coordinates: 41°16′41″N 141°19′46″E / 41.27806°N 141.32944°E / 41.27806; 141.32944
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Shimokita
Area
 • Total 294.39 km2 (113.66 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 6,921
 • Density 23.5/km2 (61/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese yew
- Flower Iris
- Bird Slaty-backed Gull
Phone number 0175-27-2111
Address 5-34 Isogomata Sawanai,Higashidōri-mura, Shimokita-gun, Aomori-ken 039-4292
Website Official website
Higashidōri Village Office

Higashidōri (東通村 Higashidōri-mura?) is a village located in Shimokita District of northeastern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of September 2014, the village had an estimated population of 6,921 and a population density of 23.5 persons per km². Its total area was 294.39 km².

Geography[edit]

Higashidōri occupies the northeastern coastline of Shimokita Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean and Tsugaru Strait, with Cape Shiriyazaki forming a boundary between the two waters. The village has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. Parts of the village are within the limits of the Shimokita Hanto Quasi-National Park.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area around Higashidōri was inhabited by the Emishi people, with archaeological remains dating to the Jōmon period. During the Edo period, it was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain, but was a sparsely populated area with scattered fishing hamlets. During the cadastral reform of 1889, Higashidōri Village was proclaimed from the merger of twelve small hamlets, although the village administrative center was kept within the town hall of neighboring Tanabu Town (now part of the city of Mutsu). In 1988, to celebrate its 100th anniversary as a village, a village hall was finally built within the borders of Higashidōri.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Higashidōri was traditionally almost completely dependent on commercial fishing. However, since the 1980s, there has been massive investment from Tōhoku Electric Power Company and Tokyo Electric Power Company towards the construction of the Higashidōri Nuclear Power Plant and related support facilities. In addition, the Iwaya Wind Farm, with a total generation capacity of 32.5 MW, is the largest in Japan.[1]

Transportation[edit]

Highway[edit]

Tourist attractions[edit]

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External links[edit]

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