Hiranai, Aomori

Hiranai, Aomori

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Hiranai, Aomori

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is a town located in the Higashitsugaru District of northeastern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of 2009, the town had an estimated population of 12,470and a density of 57.5 persons per km². Its total area was 217.00 km².


Hiranai occupies the Natsudomari Peninsula, jutting into central Mutsu Bay. The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snow.

Neighbouring municipalities


The area around Hiranai was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain during the Edo period. During the cadastral reform of 1889, Natsudomari Peninsula was divided into the three villages of Nakahiranai, Nishihiranai, and Higashihiranai. Nakahiranai became Kominato Town on October 1, 1928. On March 31, 1955, Kominato merged with Nishihiranai and Higashihiranai to form Hiranai Town.


The economy of Hiranai is heavily dependent on commercial fishing. Some of the locally caught seafood include sea urchin roe, sea cucumber, scallops, abalone and squid. Tourism also plays a role in the economy, with beaches in close proximity to the city of Aomori in...
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