Hachinohe City is located in the south-east part of Aomori Prefecture and
has a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. It is a model city in the Northern
Tohoku District, having a population of 245,000. Although Hachinohe is
one of the northernmost cities on the main land of Honshu, its climate
is relatively mild throughout the year, with little snowfall in the winter,
and long, and warm days in the summer. The cityfs topography is unique
in its crescent shaped coastline and inland plains.
Hachinohe has developed as a marine product community with one of the largest
catch of fish in Japan. Since its designation as a new industrial city
in 1964, Hachinohe has grown into largest coastal industrial city in Northern
Tohoku. Moreover, in recent years Hachinohe port has become more functional
as various port facilities was newly installed. It now has regular domestic
and international lines such as the South East Asia line opened in August,
1994 and the Foreign Access Zone (FAZ) designated in March, 1996.
Hachinohe, as the core economic, social, and cultural city in Northern
Tohoku, is trying to develop its High Tech Park and Hachinohe North-Interchange
Industrial Complex. It is also promoting the fulfillment of other city
function such as the improvement of its housing developments, high speed
transportation systems The Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Hachinohe
was opened in December, 2002, extending the Hachinohe Line of the Tohoku
Expressway northwards, the improvement of the Hachinohe-Kuji Motorway,
In conclusion, Hachinohe aims at becoming the all-round city for working,
living, playing, and education in the Northern Tohoku region.
Hachinohe City Area and Port