Location of Higashisonogi in Nagasaki Prefecture
|• Total||74.25 km2 (28.67 sq mi)|
|Population (January 1, 2009)|
|• Density||120/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||Town of Higashisonogi|
As of January 1, 2009, the town has an estimated population of 9,219 and a density of 124 persons per km². The total area is 74.25 km². There is one convenience store, four gas stations, a park, a boat pier, a hospital, 5 clinics, 2 dentists, many restaurants and two banks. There are 4 elementary schools and 2 junior high schools.
Located at the intersection of Routes 34 and 205, on the edge of Ōmura Bay, Higashisonogi has a convenient access to trains, buses, highway and has a port as well. The industry in the town includes construction, lumber, stone/rock forming, various agriculture and most famously, Japanese green tea.
Historical records date back to before the 16th century. This was the crossing point for the 26 Kirishitan martyrs as they boarded some boats at this location and continued across the bay to Nagasaki where they were crucified as an example to all who practiced the Christian faith.
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