Himeshima, Ōita

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Himeshima Island
Himeshima Island
Flag of Himeshima
Official seal of Himeshima
Location of Himeshima in Ōita Prefecture
Location of Himeshima in Ōita Prefecture
Himeshima is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°43′28″N 131°38′43″E / 33.72444°N 131.64528°E / 33.72444; 131.64528Coordinates: 33°43′28″N 131°38′43″E / 33.72444°N 131.64528°E / 33.72444; 131.64528
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Ōita Prefecture
District Higashikunisaki
 • Total 6.98 km2 (2.69 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2017)
 • Total 1,930
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.himeshima.jp/index.html

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 March 2017, the village has an estimated population of 1,930 and the density of 280 persons per km². The total area is 6.98 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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