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Encyclopedia > Districts of Japan
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Administrative divisions of Japan
Regional level
Regions
(地方; Chihō)
Prefectural level
Prefectures
(都道府県; To-dō-fu-ken )
Subprefectural level
Subprefectures
(支庁; Shichō)
Designated Cities
(政令指定都市; Seirei-shitei-toshi)
Districts

(郡; Gun) Japan is an island nation in East Asia comprised of a large stratovolcanic archipelago extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. ... The regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the regional division of Japan in a number of contexts: for example, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions... Map of the prefectures of Japan in ISO 3166-2:JP order. ... Hokkaido Prefecture have branch offices called 支庁 (shicho) in Japanese, which can be translated in English as subprefectures. ... A city designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei toshi or 政令市 seirei shi) is a city of Japan that has a population greater than 500,000 and important economic and industrial functions, and that is considered a major city in Japan. ...

Municipal level
Core Cities
(中核市; Chūkaku-shi)
Special Cities
(特例市; Tokurei-shi)
Cities
(市; Shi)
Special Wards
(特別区; Tokubetsu-ku)
Wards
(区; Ku)
Towns
(町; Chō / Machi)
Villages
(村; Son / Mura)

The district (郡; gun) was most recently used as an administrative unit in Japan between 1878 and 1921 and is roughly equivalent to the county of the United States. It was ranked at the level below prefecture and above city, town or village. The district was initially called kōri and has ancient roots in Japan. Although the Nihon Shoki claims they were established during the Taika Reforms, kōri was originally written 評. It wasn't until the Taihō Penal and Civil Code that kōri came to be written 郡. Under the Taihō Penal and Civil Code, the administrative unit of province (国; kuni) was above district, and the village (里; sato or 郷; sato) was below. The concept of 郡 has remained in some form throughout Japanese history and is still used in the Japanese addressing system to identify the location of towns or villages. Cities belong directly to prefectures and are independent from districts, unlike cities in the US which usually belong to a county. Core cities are cities of Japan designated by Article 252, Clause 22 and the first term of the Local Autonomy Law. ... Special Cities (特例市) of Japan are cities with populations of at least 200,000, and are delegated a subset of the functions delegated to core cities. ... This article is about the Japanese municipality system. ... The 23 special wards (特別区 tokubetsuku) are self-governing, special municipalities in the central and most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. ... A ku (区), translated as ward, is a district in a large Japanese city. ... A town (町 chō) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ... A village (村 mura or son) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ... 1878 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Originally, in continental Europe, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count. ... The term prefecture (from the Latin Praefectura) indicates the office, seat, territorial circonscription of a Prefect; consequentally, like that word, is its applied in English in relation to actual Prefects, whose title is just that (or the forms it takes in other, especially Romance, languages), in the broadest sense in... This article is about the Japanese municipality system. ... A town (町 chō) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ... A village (村 mura or son) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ... Nihonshoki (日本書紀) is the second oldest history book about the ancient history of Japan. ... ... The Japanese addressing system is used to identify a specific location in Japan. ...


Confusing cases in Hokkaido

Because district names had been unique in the province and nowadays prefecture boundaries are roughly aligned to province boundaries, most district names are unique in the prefecture. However, the Hokkaido Prefecture, consisting of eleven provinces, involves a few confusing cases. Before the modern prefecture system was established, the land of Japan was divided into tens of kuni (国, countries). ... Map of the prefectures of Japan in ISO 3166-2:JP order. ... Before the modern prefecture system was established, the land of Japan was divided into tens of kuni (国, countries). ... Map of the prefectures of Japan in ISO 3166-2:JP order. ... Hokkaido   listen? (北海道 Hokkaidō, literal meaning: North Sea Route, Ainu: Mosir), formerly known as Ezo, is the second largest island of Japan. ... Before the modern prefecture system was established, the land of Japan was divided into tens of kuni (国, countries). ...


There are three Kamikawa Districts and two Nakagawa Districts in the Hokkaido Prefecture. Hokkaido   listen? (北海道 Hokkaidō, literal meaning: North Sea Route, Ainu: Mosir), formerly known as Ezo, is the second largest island of Japan. ...

Abuta District, Rumoi District, Sorachi District, and Yufutsu District are deceptively similar, but each of them is a single district allotted to two subprefectures. Kamikawa (Ishikari) (上川郡(石狩); -gun) is a district located in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. ... Ishikari (石狩国, -no kuni) was a short-lived province located in Hokkaido. ... Kamikawa subprefecture (上川) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Asahikawa (capital) Furano Nayoro Shibetsu Districts Kamikawa (Ishikari) Aibetsu Biei Higashikagura Higashikawa Kamikawa Pippu Takasu Toma Kamikawa (Teshio) Asahi Furen Kenbuchi Shimokawa Wassamu Nakagawa Bifuka Nakagawa Otoineppu Sorachi Kamifurano Minamifurano Nakafurano Yufutsu Shimukappu Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro... Kamikawa (上川郡(天塩) -gun) is a district located in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. ... Teshio (天塩国, -no kuni) was a short-lived province located in Hokkaido, corresponding to all of modern-day Rumoi Subprefecture and the northern half of Kamikawa Subprefecture History August 15, 1869 Teshio Province established with 6 districts 1872 Census finds a population of 1,576 1882 Provinces dissolved in Hokkaido... Kamikawa subprefecture (上川) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Asahikawa (capital) Furano Nayoro Shibetsu Districts Kamikawa (Ishikari) Aibetsu Biei Higashikagura Higashikawa Kamikawa Pippu Takasu Toma Kamikawa (Teshio) Asahi Furen Kenbuchi Shimokawa Wassamu Nakagawa Bifuka Nakagawa Otoineppu Sorachi Kamifurano Minamifurano Nakafurano Yufutsu Shimukappu Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro... Kamikawa (上川郡(十勝); -gun) is a district located in Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. ... Tokachi (十勝国, -no kuni) was a short-lived province in Hokkaido. ... Tokachi Subprefecture (十勝) is located in Hokkaido, Japan. ... Nakagawa (Teshio) (中川郡(天塩); -gun) is a district located in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. ... Teshio (天塩国, -no kuni) was a short-lived province located in Hokkaido, corresponding to all of modern-day Rumoi Subprefecture and the northern half of Kamikawa Subprefecture History August 15, 1869 Teshio Province established with 6 districts 1872 Census finds a population of 1,576 1882 Provinces dissolved in Hokkaido... Kamikawa subprefecture (上川) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Asahikawa (capital) Furano Nayoro Shibetsu Districts Kamikawa (Ishikari) Aibetsu Biei Higashikagura Higashikawa Kamikawa Pippu Takasu Toma Kamikawa (Teshio) Asahi Furen Kenbuchi Shimokawa Wassamu Nakagawa Bifuka Nakagawa Otoineppu Sorachi Kamifurano Minamifurano Nakafurano Yufutsu Shimukappu Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro... Nakagawa (Tokachi) (中川郡(十勝); -gun) is a district located in Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. ... Tokachi (十勝国, -no kuni) was a short-lived province in Hokkaido. ... Tokachi Subprefecture (十勝) is located in Hokkaido, Japan. ... Some Japanese prefectures are divided into branch offices. ...

See also: Geography of Japan Abuta (虻田郡; -gun) is a district located in Iburi Subprefecture and Shiribeshi Subprefecture in Hokkaido, Japan. ... Iburi subprefecture (胆振) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Date Muroran (capital) Noboribetsu Tomakomai Districts Abuta Abuta Toya Toyora Shiraoi Shiraoi Usu Otaki Soubetsu Yufutsu Atsuma Hayakita Hobetsu Mukawa Oiwake Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro | Oshima | Rumoi | Shiribeshi | Sorachi | Soya | Tokachi Cities Abashiri | Akabira | Asahikawa | Ashibetsu | Bibai... Shiribeshi subprefecture (後志) is located in Hokkaido, Japan. ... Sorachi (空知郡; -gun) is a district divided between Sorachi and Kamikawa Subprefectures, Hokkaido. ... Kamikawa subprefecture (上川) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Asahikawa (capital) Furano Nayoro Shibetsu Districts Kamikawa (Ishikari) Aibetsu Biei Higashikagura Higashikawa Kamikawa Pippu Takasu Toma Kamikawa (Teshio) Asahi Furen Kenbuchi Shimokawa Wassamu Nakagawa Bifuka Nakagawa Otoineppu Sorachi Kamifurano Minamifurano Nakafurano Yufutsu Shimukappu Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro... Sorachi subprefecture (空知支庁) is located Hokkaido, Japan. ... Teshio (天塩郡, -gun) is a district divided between Rumoi and Soya subprefectures, Hokkaido. ... Rumoi subprefecture (留萌) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Rumoi (capital) Districts Mashike Mashike Rumoi Obira Teshio Enbetsu Horonobe Teshio Tomamae Haboro Shosanbetsu Tomamae Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro | Oshima | Rumoi | Shiribeshi | Sorachi | Soya | Tokachi Cities Abashiri | Akabira | Asahikawa | Ashibetsu | Bibai | Chitose | Date | Ebetsu | Eniwa | Fukagawa | Furano... Soya subprefecture (宗谷) is located at the north tip of Hokkaido, Japan. ... Yūfutsu (勇払郡; -gun) is a District divided between Iburi and Kamikawa Subprefectures. ... Iburi subprefecture (胆振) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Date Muroran (capital) Noboribetsu Tomakomai Districts Abuta Abuta Toya Toyora Shiraoi Shiraoi Usu Otaki Soubetsu Yufutsu Atsuma Hayakita Hobetsu Mukawa Oiwake Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro | Oshima | Rumoi | Shiribeshi | Sorachi | Soya | Tokachi Cities Abashiri | Akabira | Asahikawa | Ashibetsu | Bibai... Kamikawa subprefecture (上川) is located Hokkaido, Japan Cities Asahikawa (capital) Furano Nayoro Shibetsu Districts Kamikawa (Ishikari) Aibetsu Biei Higashikagura Higashikawa Kamikawa Pippu Takasu Toma Kamikawa (Teshio) Asahi Furen Kenbuchi Shimokawa Wassamu Nakagawa Bifuka Nakagawa Otoineppu Sorachi Kamifurano Minamifurano Nakafurano Yufutsu Shimukappu Subprefectures Abashiri | Hidaka | Hiyama | Iburi | Ishikari | Kamikawa | Kushiro | Nemuro... Japan is an island nation in East Asia comprised of a large stratovolcanic archipelago extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. ...


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Districts of Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (351 words)
The district (郡; gun) was most recently used as an administrative unit in Japan between 1878 and 1921 and is roughly equivalent to the county of the United States.
Because district names had been unique in the province and nowadays prefecture boundaries are roughly aligned to province boundaries, most district names are unique in the prefecture.
Abuta District, Rumoi District, Sorachi District, and Yufutsu District are deceptively similar, but each of them is a single district allotted to two subprefectures.
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