Higashihiroshima

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Higashihiroshima
東広島市
City
Location of Higashihiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture
Location of Higashihiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture
Higashihiroshima is located in Japan
Higashihiroshima
Higashihiroshima
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°25′N 132°44′E / 34.417°N 132.733°E / 34.417; 132.733Coordinates: 34°25′N 132°44′E / 34.417°N 132.733°E / 34.417; 132.733
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Hiroshima Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Yoshio Kurata
Area
 • Total 635.32 km2 (245.30 sq mi)
Population (June 30, 2011)
 • Total 183,834
 • Density 289.36/km2 (749.4/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Pine
- Flower Azalea
Address 8-29 Saijō Sakaemachi, Higashihiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken
739-8601
Phone number 082-422-2111
Website Higashihiroshima City

Higashihiroshima (東広島市 Higashihiroshima-shi?) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 30, 2011 the city has an estimated population of 183,834, with 78,525 households and a population density of 289.36 persons per km². The total area is 635.32 km².

Higashihiroshima is a university town of Hiroshima University. Higashihiroshima is adjacent to Hiroshima, and so also forms a commuter town of Hiroshima.

From old times, Higashihiroshima is famous for making sake and there are "white walls", "black and white check walls" and "red brick chimneys" along the "Sakagura-dori (sake brewery avenue)". An annual sake matsuri is held every October.

The city was founded on April 20, 1974 from the merger of the four towns of Saijō, Hachihonmatsu, Shiwa and Takaya in Kamo District.

In 1992, the population reached 100,000.

On February 7, 2005, the towns of Kurose, Kōchi, Toyosaka and Fukutomi (all from Kamo District), and the town of Akitsu (from Toyota District) were merged into Higashihiroshima.

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