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Encyclopedia > Regions of Japan
Administrative divisions of Japan
Prefectural level
Prefectures
(都道府県 todōfuken)
Subprefectural level
Subprefectures
(支庁 shichō)


Designated cities
(政令指定都市 seirei-shitei-toshi)

Japan is an island nation in East Asia comprised of a large stratovolcanic archipelago extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. ... The prefectures of Japan are the countrys 47 sub-national jurisdictions: one metropolis (都 to), Tokyo; one circuit (道 dō), Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures (府 fu), Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures (県 ken). ... 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. ...


Districts
(郡 gun)
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. ...

Municipal level
Core cities
(中核市 chūkaku-shi)


Special cities
(特例市 tokurei-shi)
Japan has three levels of government: national, prefectural, and municipal. ... 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. ...


Cities
(市 shi)

A city ) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ...


Special wards (Tokyo)
(特別区 tokubetsu-ku)

Map of mainland Tokyo showing the twenty-three special wards in (yellow). ...


Wards
(区 ku)

A ku (区), translated as ward, is a district in a large Japanese city. ...


Towns
(町 chō, machi)

A town (町 chō) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ...


Villages
(村 son, mura)
A village (村 mura or son) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ...

Map of the regions of Japan. From north to south: Hokkaidō (red), Tohoku (green), Kanto (blue), Chūbu (brown), Kansai (teal), Chūgoku (green-yellow), Shikoku (pink) and Kyūshū (yellow).
Map of the regions of Japan. From north to south: Hokkaidō (red), Tohoku (green), Kanto (blue), Chūbu (brown), Kansai (teal), Chūgoku (green-yellow), Shikoku (pink) and Kyūshū (yellow).

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 instance, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions use their home region as part of their name (Kinki Nippon Railway, Chūgoku Bank, Tohoku University, etc.). While Japan has eight High Courts, their jurisdictions do not correspond to the eight regions below. Image File history File links Regionen_japans. ... Image File history File links Regionen_japans. ... Hokkaidō   (北海道, literal meaning: North Sea Route, Ainu: Mosir), formerly known as Ezo and Yesso, is the second largest island and largest prefecture of Japan. ... This article is about a region of Japan. ... Kanto can mean: The Kanto region of Japan. ... Chubu region, Japan Mount Fuji is the ChÅ«bu regions most famous landmark. ... The Kansai region (関西) of Japan, also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方; Kinki-chihō), lies in the middle of Japans main island, Honshu. ... Chugoku region, Japan. ... Shikoku (四国, four provinces) is the smallest and least populous (4,141,955 as of 2005) of the four main islands of Japan. ... KyÅ«shÅ« region of Japan and the current prefectures on KyÅ«shÅ« island KyÅ«shÅ« ), literally Nine Provinces, is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ... Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Kintetsu Corporation (近畿日本鉄道株式会社 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō Kabushiki Gaisha), better known as Kintetsu (近鉄), is Japanese largest private railway company. ... Tohoku University (東北大学; Tōhoku Daigaku, abbreviated as 東北大 Tōhokudai), located in the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region, is one of Japans most prestigious national universities. ...


From north to south, the traditional regions are:

  • Hokkaidō (the island of Hokkaidō and nearby islands, largest city Sapporo)
  • Tōhoku region (northern Honshū, largest city Sendai)
  • Kantō region (eastern Honshū, largest cities Tokyo and Yokohama)
  • Chūbu region (central Honshū, including Mt. Fuji), sometimes divided into:
  • Kansai or Kinki region (west-central Honshū, largest cities Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto)
  • Chūgoku region (western Honshū, largest city Hiroshima, and Okayama)
  • Shikoku (island, largest city Matsuyama, and Takamatsu)
  • Kyūshū (island, largest city Fukuoka) which includes:
    • Ryūkyū Islands, including Okinawa

Each contains several prefectures, except the Hokkaidō region, which covers only Hokkaidō. Hokkaidō   (北海道, literal meaning: North Sea Route, Ainu: Mosir), formerly known as Ezo, is the second largest island and largest prefecture of Japan. ... Sapporo redirects here. ... Tohoku region, Japan The Tōhoku region (東北地方; Tōhoku-chihō) is a geographical area of Japan. ... HonshÅ« (本州 Literally Main State) is the largest island of Japan, called the Mainland; it is south of Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, north of Shikoku across the Inland Sea, and northeast of Kyushu across the Kanmon Strait. ... Sendai ) is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and the largest city in the Tōhoku (northeast) region. ... Kantō region, Japan. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... For the town of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture, see Yokohama, Aomori. ... Chubu region, Japan Mount Fuji is the ChÅ«bu regions most famous landmark. ... Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san, IPA: [ɸuʝisaɴ]) is the highest mountain on the island of Honshu and indeed in all of Japan. ... Hokuriku region (北陸地方, literally North Land) is the region along the Sea of Japan within the Chubu region, the central region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. ... Kōshinetsu (甲信越) is a subregion of the Chubu region in Japan consisting of Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata prefectures. ... Zenkō-ji, ancient temple in Nagano Nagano (長野市) is the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, situated near the junction of the Chikuma River and the Sai River on the island of Honshu, Japan. ... The Tōkai region (東海, literally East Sea) is a subregion of Chubu, Japan along the Pacific Ocean. ... Nagoya ) is the fourth largest city in Japan. ... Hamamatsu (浜松市; -shi) is a city located in western Shizuoka, Japan. ... Shizuoka (静岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... ChÅ«kyō region (中京地方 ChÅ«kyō-chihō) lies in the middle of Japans main island, Honshu. ... Gifu (岐阜市; -shi) is the capital city of Gifu Prefecture in the Chubu region of central Japan. ... Yokkaichi (四日市市; -shi) is a city located in Mie, Japan. ... The Kansai region (関西) of Japan, also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方; Kinki-chihō), lies in the middle of Japans main island, Honshu. ... For other uses, see Osaka (disambiguation). ... , Kobe ) is a city in Japan located on the island of Honshu. ... This article is about the city Kyoto. ... Chugoku region, Japan The ChÅ«goku region (中国地方 ChÅ«goku-chihō) is the westernmost region of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. ... For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ... Okayama airport Okayama (岡山市; -shi) is the capital city of Okayama Prefecture in the ChÅ«goku region of Japan. ... Shikoku (四国, four provinces) is the smallest and least populous (4,141,955 as of 2005) of the four main islands of Japan. ... Matsuyama ) is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the Shikoku island of Japan. ... Takamatsu (高松市; -shi lit. ... KyÅ«shÅ« region of Japan and the current prefectures on KyÅ«shÅ« island KyÅ«shÅ« ), literally Nine Provinces, is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ... This page is about Fukuoka, Fukuoka (福岡市), a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Location of Ryukyu Islands. ... Okinawa redirects here. ... The prefectures of Japan are the countrys 47 sub-national jurisdictions: one metropolis (都 to), Tokyo; one circuit (道 dō), Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures (府 fu), Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures (県 ken). ... Hokkaidō   (北海道, literal meaning: North Sea Route, Ainu: Mosir), formerly known as Ezo and Yesso, is the second largest island and largest prefecture of Japan. ...


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A region can be seen as a collection of smaller units (as in "the New England states") or as one part of a larger whole (as in "the New England region of the United States").
Sometimes a region associated with a religion is given a name, like Christendom, a term with medieval and renaissance connotations of Chhristianity as a sort of social and political polity.
The word "region" is taken from the Latin regio, and a number of countries have borrowed the term as the formal name for a type of subnational entity (eg, the región, used in Chile).
Regions of Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (238 words)
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 instance, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions use their home region as part of their name (Kinki Nippon Railway, Chūgoku Bank, Tohoku University, etc.).
While Japan has eight High Courts, their jurisdictions do not correspond to the eight regions below.
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