Himeshima, Ōita

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Location of Himeshima in Ōita Prefecture
Location of Himeshima in Ōita Prefecture
Himeshima is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°43′N 131°39′E / 33.717°N 131.650°E / 33.717; 131.650Coordinates: 33°43′N 131°39′E / 33.717°N 131.650°E / 33.717; 131.650
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Ōita Prefecture
District Higashikunisaki
 • Total 6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 2,640
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Village of Himeshima

Himeshima (姫島村 Himeshima-mura?) is a village located in Higashikunisaki District, Ōita Prefecture, Japan.

The name Himeshima literally means "Princess Island". The village is on a small island, sometimes referred to as Hime Island, just off the Japanese island of Kyūshū, and is accessible by ferry.[1]

As of 2003, the village has an estimated population of 2,640 and the density of 385.40 persons per km². The total area is 6.85 km². The main occupations are fishing and shrimp farming. Every summer, there is a Shinto religious ceremony featuring dancers dressed as foxes.[1]


  1. ^ a b Martin Fackler (April 21, 2009). "A Workers’ Paradise Found Off Japan’s Coast". New York Times. 

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