Hachinohe is the second largest city in Aomori prefecture, with a population of about 237,000. Since its incorporation in 1929, it has developed as one of Japan's top fishing cities, as the largest industrial city in northern Tohoku since its designation as a New Industrial City in 1964, and as one of the most prominent international distribution bases in northern Japan, with the opening of international container shipping lines to North America, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia since 1994. Hachinohe also has a consumer base of approximately 670,000 persons spreading mainly across southern Aomori and northern Iwate, making it one of the heartlands of northern Tohoku.

Presently Hachinohe is working towards further development of the city and realization of its future image as "the Heartland of the North where the Sea and the Land Resonate," through four projects based on the 5th Hachinohe General Plan: "Creating a Vibrant City," "Creating an Attractive City," "Establishing a Worry-Free Community" and "Enhancing the City's Autonomy."
Moreover, Hachinohe is blessed with a number of local resources fostered by its long history. There are cultural heritages such as the Nejo Castle Site, a national historic site, and Gassho Dogu or "the Earthen Figure with Hands Clasped in Prayer," a national treasure unearthed from a Jomon archaeological site.

Furthermore, traditional events such as Hachinohe Emburi and Hachinohe Sansha Taisai, both national important intangible cultural properties, have been kept alive and are enjoyed by the residents. Other charms of Hachinohe include: the Tanesashi Coast which will soon be designated as a national park; the Nango area, known for jazz and soba noodles; and a wide variety of delicacies and products of the sea and the mountains of the North.

This guidebook is intended to get you acquainted with Hachinohe, a city with thriving industries and rich nature, tradition, and culture. We hope it gives you a better understanding of our city's unparalleled charm and potential.

January 2012
Makoto Kobayashi, Mayor of Hachinohe