Higashine, Yamagata

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Higashine City Hall
Higashine City Hall
Flag of Higashine
Official seal of Higashine
Location of Higashine in Yamagata Prefecture
Location of Higashine in Yamagata Prefecture
Higashine is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°26′N 140°24′E / 38.433°N 140.400°E / 38.433; 140.400Coordinates: 38°26′N 140°24′E / 38.433°N 140.400°E / 38.433; 140.400
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Yamagata
 • Total 207.17 km2 (79.99 sq mi)
(October 2013)
 • Total 47,159
 • Density 228/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Japanese Zelkova
- Flower Cherry
Phone number 0237-42-1111
Address 1-1-1 Chūō, Higashine-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-3795
Website http://www.city.higashine.yamagata.jp/

Higashine (東根市, Higashine-shi) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2013, the city had an estimated population of 47,159, and a population density of 228 persons per km². The total area is 207.17 square kilometres (80 sq mi).


Higashine is located in the Yamagata Basin of central Yamagata, surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south. The city's western border is the Mogami River.

Neighboring municipalities


Higashine has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.


The area of present-day Higashine was part of ancient Dewa Province and is mentioned in the Engishiki records of the early Heian period. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Kitamurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern village of Higashine was established on April 1, 1889 and was raised to town status on June 15, 1896. It attained city status on November 3, 1958.


Higashine is known as "The Fruit Kingdom" and is especially well known for its cherries as well as for apples, pears and persimmons. The city mascot is a pear with cherry earrings and a staff with an apple. Higashine is the largest producer of cherries in Yamagata Prefecture, which is the third largest producer of cherries in Japan.[citation needed]

The city of Higashine has a large industrial park. Some of the businesses include 3M, Casio, THK, ODELIC, and Kyocera. Many of these businesses are involved in manufacturing and research and development.






The 6th Division (第6師団) is one of nine active divisions of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is headquartered in at JGSDF Camp Jinmachi in Higashine. Its responsibility is the defense of Fukushima Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.

Noted people from Higashine

External links

Media related to Higashine, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official Website (in Japanese)
  • Yamagata Tourism (in Japanese)
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