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Higashimurayama (東村山市, Higashi-murayama-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 150,984, and a population density of 8810 persons per km². Its total area is 17.14 square kilometres (6.62 sq mi)..

Higashimurayama

東村山市
Higashimurayama City Hall
Higashimurayama City Hall
Flag of Higashimurayama
Flag
Official seal of Higashimurayama
Seal
Location of Higashimurayama in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Higashimurayama in Tokyo Metropolis
Higashimurayama is located in Japan
Higashimurayama
Higashimurayama
 
Coordinates: 35°45′16.6″N 139°28′6.6″E / 35.754611°N 139.468500°E / 35.754611; 139.468500Coordinates: 35°45′16.6″N 139°28′6.6″E / 35.754611°N 139.468500°E / 35.754611; 139.468500
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
Area
 • Total17.14 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2016)
 • Total150,984
 • Density8,810/km2 (22,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeZelkova serrata
• FlowerAzalea
• BirdWhite wagtail
Phone number042-393-5111
Address1-2-3 Honcho, Higashimurayama-shi, Tokyo-to 189-8501
Websitewww.city.higashimurayama.tokyo.jp

GeographyEdit

Higashimurayama is approximately in the north-center of Tokyo Metropolis, on the Musashino Terrace.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Higashimurayama has been inhabited since Japanese Paleolithic times, and numerous remains from the Jōmon, Yayoi and Kofun periods have been discovered. During the Nara period, it became part of ancient Musashi Province. During the Kamakura period, it was the location of the Battle of Kumegawa in 1333.

In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, several villages merged to form Higashimurayama Village in Nishitama District, at that time part of Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Prefecture on April 1, 1893. On April 1, 1942, Higashimurayama Village became the town of Higashimurayama. On April 1, 1964, Higashimurayama was elevated to city status.

EconomyEdit

Higashimurayama was formerly an agricultural area, and was noted for its production of sweet potatoes. It is now primary a regional commercial center, and a bedroom community for central Tokyo.

TransportationEdit

EducationEdit

Higashimurayama has 15 public elementary schools, seven public middle schools and three private combined middle/high schools. The city also has two public high schools.

Local attractionsEdit

Sister citiesEdit

Higashimurayama is twinned with the following cities:[1]

City Region Country Year
Kashiwazaki   Niigata   Japan 1996
Independence   Missouri   United States 1978
Suzhou   Jiangsu   China 2005

Notable people from HigashimurayamaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sister Cities". Retrieved 5 May 2014.

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