Himi, Toyama

Himi (氷見市, Himi-shi) is a city in western Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the city had an estimated population of 48,275 in 17632 households,[1] and a population density of 210 persons per km². Its total area is 230.56 square kilometres (89.02 sq mi). Himi is known primarily for its commercial fishing industry. The city was founded on August 1, 1952.


Himi City Hall
Himi City Hall
Flag of Himi
Official seal of Himi
Location of Himi in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Himi in Toyama Prefecture
Himi is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°51′24″N 136°58′23″E / 36.85667°N 136.97306°E / 36.85667; 136.97306Coordinates: 36°51′24″N 136°58′23″E / 36.85667°N 136.97306°E / 36.85667; 136.97306
RegionChūbu (Hokuriku)
 • Total230.56 km2 (89.02 sq mi)
 (March 1, 2018)
 • Total48,725
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
• TreeMachilus thunbergii
• FlowerLilium
Phone number0766-74-8100
Address1-1 Marunouchi, Himi-shi, Toyama-ken 935-8686


Himi is in the far northwestern Toyama Prefecture, and is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture (the Noto Peninsula to the west and north, and the Sea of Japan (Toyama Bay) to the east. Much of the area is a dispersed settlement typical of this region of Japan. Himi has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Himi is 13.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2409 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.8 °C.[2]

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Himi has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 60,883
1980 62,413
1990 60,766
2000 56,680
2010 51,726


The area of present-day Himi was part of ancient Etchū Province. The town of Himi was created within Imizu District, Toyama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Izumi District was divided on March 29, 1896 into Izumi District and Himi District. The town annexed the neighboring villages of Kanno and Inazumi in 1940, and the villages of Goishi, Yashiro, Yokawa in 1952. In 1953, the town further annexed the villages of Kubo, Miyata, Kamijo and Kumanashi. In 1954, Himi annexed the villages of Ao, Yabuta, Unami, Mera, Kume, Kojiro, Junicho, Hayakawa, Fuse, and Busshoji, so that in its final form it encompassed the entire district of Himi with the exception of the village of Ota (which was annexed by Takaoka).


Himi has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 17 members.


Himi has twelve public elementary schools and five public junior high schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Toyama Prefectural Board of Education.




Regional SpecialtiesEdit

  • Himi Udon
  • Himi Buri
  • Himi Beef
  • Himi Iwashi
  • Himi Curry
  • Kintsuba
  • Himi Hatomugi Tea
  • Cold Yellowtail

Points of interestEdit


  1. ^ official home page statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Himi climate data
  3. ^ Himi population statistics
  4. ^ http://himi-banya.jp/
  5. ^ 大境洞窟住居跡 [Ōzakai dōkutsu jūkyo ato] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Himi, Toyama at Wikimedia Commons