Higashiagatsuma, Gunma

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Higashiagatsuma town office
Higashiagatsuma town office
Flag of Higashiagatsuma
Official seal of Higashiagatsuma
Location of Higashiagatsuma in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Higashiagatsuma in Gunma Prefecture
Higashiagatsuma is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°34′17″N 138°49′32″E / 36.57139°N 138.82556°E / 36.57139; 138.82556Coordinates: 36°34′17″N 138°49′32″E / 36.57139°N 138.82556°E / 36.57139; 138.82556
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
District Agatsuma
 • Total 253.91 km2 (98.04 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 14,426
 • Density 56.8/km2 (147/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Keyaki
- Flower Narcissus (plant)
- Bird Green pheasant
Phone number 0279-68-2111
Address 594-3, Ōaza Haramachi, Higashiagatsuma-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-0892
Website Official website

Higashiagatsuma (東吾妻町, Higashiagatsuma-machi) is a town located in Agatsuma District of central Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the town had an estimated population of 14,426 and a population density of 56.8 persons per km². Its total area was 253.91 km².


Located in the northwestern portion of Gunma Prefecture, Higashiagatsuma is surrounded by high peaks, including Mount Iwabitsu (802.6 meters).

  • Mountains: Mount Iwabitsu, Yakushidake, Sugamine
  • Rivers: Agatsuma River, Ishikami River
  • Lakes: Lake Haruna

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


During the Edo period, the area around Higashiagatsuma was part of the hatamoto-administered territory within Kōzuke Province.

With the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration on April 1, 1889, the town of Hara and the villages of Ota, Iwasaki and Sananoue and Azuma were created within Agatsuma District of Gunma Prefecture. The first three villages merged into Hara in 1965, which was renamed Agatsuma Town in February 1956.

Higashiagatsuma was created on March 27, 2006 by the merger of the town of Agatsuma, and the village of Azuma, both from Agatsuma District.


The economy of Higashiagatsuma is heavily dependent on agriculture and seasonal tourism. Noted local crops include garlic and myoga production. Tourism from ski resorts and onsen hot springs also contribute to the local economy. Mount Ajara was a venue for the 2003 Asian Winter Games).


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