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Encyclopedia > Shiga Prefecture
Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県 Shiga-ken)
Map of Japan with Shiga highlighted
Capital Otsu
Region Kinki
Island Honshu
Governor Yukiko Kada
Area 4,017.36 km² (38th)
 - % water 14.0%
Population (April 1, 2000)
 - Population 1,337,770 (31st)
 - Density 332 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 26
ISO 3166-2 JP-25
Web site www.pref.shiga.jp/
index-e.html
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Rhododendron (Rhododendron metternichii var. hondoense)
 - Tree Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
 - Bird Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Symbol of Shiga Prefecture
Symbol of Shiga Prefecture
Shiga Prefecture from outer space.
Shiga Prefecture from outer space.
Hikone Castle, a National Treasure.
Hikone Castle, a National Treasure.

Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県 Shiga-ken?) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. The capital is the city of Otsu. File links The following pages link to this file: Shiga Prefecture Categories: GFDL images ... From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa. ... 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... 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. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div... Notes: 1 km² References National Governers Association (Japanese) See also Politics of Japan Prefectures of Japan List of Japanese prefectures by population ISO 3166-2 codes for Japan Categories: Japanese prefectures ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... World map of the population density in 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... This article is about the Japanese municipality system. ... ISO 3166-2 codes for Japan cover 47 prefectures. ... This article is about the plant. ... The MAPLE (Multipurpose Applied Physics Lattice Experiment) dedicated isotope-production facility is a current project jointly undertaken by AECL and MDS Nordion. ... Binomial name Tachybaptus ruficollis (Pallas, 1764) The Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis , or Dabchick is, at 23-29 cm in length, the smallest European member of the grebe family of water birds. ... Prefectural symbol Shiga (source: ja. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. ... Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture, 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. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div... From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa. ...

Contents


History

Shiga was known as Omi Province before the prefectural system was established. Categories: Japan geography stubs | Old provinces of Japan ...


Geography

Shiga shares a border with Fukui Prefecture in the north, Gifu Prefecture in the east, Mie Prefecture in the southeast, and Kyoto Prefecture in the west. Fukui Prefecture ) is located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island, Japan. ... Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県 Gifu-ken), is located in the Chubu region of central Japan. ... Mie Prefecture (三重県; Mie-ken) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Kyōto Prefecture (京都府; Kyōto-fu) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ...


Nicknames for different areas of the prefecture include Kohoku (north of lake), Kosei (west of lake), Koto (east of lake), and Konan (south of lake).


Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, is located at the center of this prefecture. It occupies one-sixth the total area of Shiga. The prefecture is enclosed by mountain ranges with the Hira Mountains in the east and the Ibuki and Suzuka mountain ranges in the west. Northern Shiga is substantially colder with higher snowfall than in southern Shiga which is usually warmer. Reeds on the shore of Lake Biwa Lake Biwa from outer space. ... Mount Ibuki is a mountain in Japan, straddling the border between the Gifu and Shiga prefectures. ...


Seta River flows out from Lake Biwa to the Osaka Bay through Kyoto. This is the only natural river which flows out from the lake. All of the other natural rivers flows into the lake. The Seta River (also redundantly Setagawa River Japanese: 瀬田川 Seta-gawa) is the principal river in the Osaka Prefecture of Honshu island, Japan. ... Satellite photo of northern Osaka Bay Osaka Bay (大阪湾 Osaka-wan) is a bay in western Japan. ... Kyoto City Hall Mayor Yorikane Masumoto Address 〒604-8571 Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Teramachi-Oike, 488 Phone number 075-222-3111 Official website: Kyoto City This page is about the city Kyoto. ...


Cities

13 cities are located on Shiga Prefecture.

The Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held on the fourth Sunday every May. ... Hikone (彦根市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Koka (甲賀市, -shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Konan (湖南市 shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Huge lotus pond bloom in summer at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu. ... The shinkansen bullet train streaks past Mt. ... Moriyama (守山市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Nagahama Castle Nagahama (長浜市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa. ... ÅŒmihachiman (近江八幡市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Rittō (栗東市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Takashima (高島町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Yasu (野洲市; -shi) is a city located in Yasu District, Shiga, Japan. ...

Towns

These are the towns in each district. 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. ...

Echi (愛知郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Gamo (蒲生郡; Gamō-gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Azuchi (安土町; -cho) is a town located in Gamo District, Japan. ... Hino (日野町; -cho) is a town located in Gamo District, Shiga, Japan. ... Ryuo (竜王町; Ryūō-chō) is a town located in Gamo District, Shiga, Japan. ... Higashiazai (東浅井郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Kohoku (湖北町; -cho) is a town located in Higashiazai District, Shiga, Japan. ... Torahime (虎姫町; -cho) is a town located in Higashiazai District, Shiga, Japan. ... Ika (伊香郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Kinomoto (木之本町; -cho) is a town located in Ika District, Shiga, Japan. ... Maruko-bune boat museum showing the type of boat used to ferry goods and people on Lake Biwa. ... Takatsuki (高月町; -cho) is a town located in Ika District, Shiga, Japan. ... Yogo (余呉町;; -cho) is a town located in Ika District, Shiga, Japan. ... Inukami (犬上郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Kora (甲良町; -cho) is a town located in Inukami District, Shiga, Japan. ... Taga (多賀町; -cho) is a town located in Inukami District, Shiga, Japan. ... Toyosato (豊郷町; -cho) is a town located in Inukami District, Shiga, Japan. ...

Mergers

  • On February 13, 2006, the city of Nagahama and the towns of Azai and Biwa from Higashiazai District merged to form the city of Nagahama.

2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yasu (野洲市; -shi) is a city located in Yasu District, Japan. ... Yasu (野洲市; -shi) is a city located in Yasu District, Shiga, Japan. ... Yasu (野洲市; -shi) is a city located in Yasu District, Shiga, Japan. ... Yasu (野洲郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Konan (湖南市 shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Ishibe (石部町; -cho) is a town located in Kōka District, Shiga, Japan. ... Konan (湖南市 shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Koka (甲賀市, -shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Koka (甲賀市, -shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Shigaraki (信楽町; -cho) is a town located in Kōka District, Shiga, Japan. ... Tsuchiyama (土山町; -cho) is a town located in Kōka District, Shiga, Japan. ... Koka (甲賀市, -shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Kōka (甲賀郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Takashima (高島郡; -gun) was a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Adogawa (安曇川町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Imazu (今津町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Shinasahi (新旭町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Makino (マキノ町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Takashima (高島町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Kutsuki (朽木村; -mura) is a village located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Takashima (高島町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Takashima (高島郡; -gun) was a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... The Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held on the fourth Sunday every May. ... Eigenji (永源寺町; -cho) is a town located in Kanzaki District, Shiga, Japan. ... Gokasho (五個荘町; -cho) is a town located in Kanzaki District, Shiga, Japan. ... Aito (愛東町; -cho) is a town located in Echi District, Japan. ... Koto (湖東町; -cho) is a town located in Echi District, Shiga, Japan. ... The Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held on the fourth Sunday every May. ... Maihara (米原町; -cho) was a town located in Sakata District, Shiga, Japan. ... Santo (山東町; -cho) was a town located in Sakata District, Shiga, Japan. ... Ibuki (伊吹町; -cho) was a town located in Sakata District, Shiga, Japan. ... Sakata (坂田郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... The shinkansen bullet train streaks past Mt. ... Omi (近江町; Ōmi-chō) is a town located in Sakata District, Shiga, Japan. ... Sakata (坂田郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... The shinkansen bullet train streaks past Mt. ... Sakata (坂田郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Notogawa (能登川町; -cho) is a town located in Kanzaki District, Shiga, Japan. ... Kanzaki (神崎郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Gamo (蒲生町; Gamō-chō) is a town located in Gamo District, Shiga, Japan. ... Gamo (蒲生郡; Gamō-gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... The Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held on the fourth Sunday every May. ... Kanzaki (神崎郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Nagahama Castle Nagahama (長浜市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Azai (浅井町; -cho) is a town located in Higashiazai District, Shiga, Japan. ... Biwa (びわ町; Biwa-cho) is a town located in Higashiazai District, Shiga, Japan. ... Higashiazai (東浅井郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Nagahama Castle Nagahama (長浜市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Echigawa (愛知川町; -cho) is a town located in Echi District, Shiga, Japan. ... Hatasho (秦荘町; -cho) is a town located in Echi District, Shiga, Japan. ... Echi (愛知郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Shiga (志賀町; -cho) is a town located in Shiga District, Shiga, Japan. ... Shiga (滋賀郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa. ... Shiga (滋賀郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ...

Economy

A number of major companies have factories in Shiga such as IBM Japan, Canon, Yanmar Diesel, and Toray. Trading house C.Itoh was founded in Shiga among the well-known Omi merchants.


Demographics

The population is concentrated along the southern shore of Lake Biwa in Otsu city (adjacent to Kyoto) and along the eastern shore of Lake Biwa. Cities on the eastern shore like Kusatsu and Moriyama are within commuting distance to Kyoto. In recent years, many Brazilians have settled in Shiga due to factory jobs. The lake's western shores are more rural and resort-oriented with white sand swimming beaches. Huge lotus pond bloom in summer at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu. ... Moriyama (守山市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Kyoto City Hall Mayor Yorikane Masumoto Address 〒604-8571 Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Teramachi-Oike, 488 Phone number 075-222-3111 Official website: Kyoto City This page is about the city Kyoto. ...


Culture

The Tonda Traditional Bunraku Puppet Troupe, a Japanese puppet theater in the form known as ningyō jōruri or Bunraku is based in Biwa Town, on the shore of Lake Biwa in the northeastern part of the Shiga Prefecture. Founded in the 1830s, the Tonda Puppet Troupe is one of the most active traditional puppet theaters in Japan outside the National Theater in Osaka. Tonda Traditional Japanese Bunraku Puppet Troupe, founded in the 1830s, is one of the most active groups performing traditional Bunraku puppetry in Japan. ... // Overview Bunraku (Japanese: 文楽) is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater. ... Reeds on the shore of Lake Biwa Lake Biwa from outer space. ...


Tourism

Ukimido floating temple near Katata.
Ukimido floating temple near Katata.

Many foreign tourists and even long-time foreign residents in Japan (except those in Kyoto) have never heard of Shiga. It might be considered a backwater prefecture overshadowed by its much more famous neighbor Kyoto. This is unfortunate since Shiga has so many things to offer tourists. The main gateways to Shiga is Maibara Station (bullet train station) in northern Shiga and Otsu, adjacent to Kyoto, down south. Before being incorporated as a prefecture in the modern era, Shiga's old fief name was Omi. Ukimido floating temple in Katata, Shiga Prefecture. ... Ukimido floating temple in Katata, Shiga Prefecture. ... Kyoto City Hall Mayor Yorikane Masumoto Address 〒604-8571 Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Teramachi-Oike, 488 Phone number 075-222-3111 Official website: Kyoto City This page is about the city Kyoto. ... Maibara Station Shinkansen platforms Maibara Station (米原駅) is a train station in Maibara, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. ... From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa. ...


There are temples, castles, festivals, historical persons, and natural beauty that rank among those of national importance. Shiga's most prominent feature is Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. It looks like Japan's belly button on a map of Japan. The lake can be visited either by car (you can drive completely around it in one day) or by boat. The northern part of the lake is especially scenic. The western shore has white-sand swimming beaches, popular among Kyotoites during the summer. It is less developed than the eastern shore where there are cities such as Nagahama, Hikone, and Omi-Hachiman. Reeds on the shore of Lake Biwa Lake Biwa from outer space. ... Nagahama Castle Nagahama (長浜市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Hikone (彦根市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Ōmihachiman (近江八幡市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ...

From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa.
From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa.

Boat cruises such as the well-known Michigan paddlewheeler and cruises to scenic Chikubushima island are worthy excursions. Many lakeside towns in Shiga also offer rental bicycles where you can hop on the bicycle at one train station and ride to another train station to return it. Cycling is a great way to see Shiga and the lake shore roads are very scenic. In spring, don't miss riding (or driving) through a stretch of road in Kaizu Osaki on the northern shore lined with cherry trees. It is one of Japan's most famous places for cherry blossoms. Michigan Paddlewheel boat on Lake Biwa, Otsu, Shiga. ... Michigan Paddlewheel boat on Lake Biwa, Otsu, Shiga. ...


Beautiful views of the lake can also be had from mountain roads like the Oku Biwako Parkway road up north and the Hiei-san Driveway and Oku Hiei Driveway overlooking the southwestern shore. In the capital city of Otsu, the Otsu Prince Hotel's Top of Otsu restaurant provides a superb high, panoramic view of the lake and city.


Like most prefectures, festivals abound in Shiga. Unique festivals include the Hikiyama Festival held in Nagahama in April. See ornate floats having with a miniature stage where highly-trained young boys (playing both male and female roles) act in kabuki plays. Meanwhile, Higashi Omi (formerly Yokaichi) city holds a Giant Kite Festival every May along a riverbank. The public is welcome to pull the rope to put the kite aloft (it doesn't fly very long if there's no wind). The Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held on the fourth Sunday every May. ...


Shiga's most famous building is Hikone Castle, a national treasure. The castle tower is well preserved and it gives you a good glimpse into how a real castle looked like during Japan's feudal period. It also has many cherry trees. The castle is associated with Ii Naosuke who was the Tokugawa shogunate's Great Elder (Tairo). He favored and concluded commercial treaties with the Western powers and thus broke Japan's isolation from the world in the 19th century. Foreigners were then allowed to trade with Japan and take up residence in cities like Yokohama and Hakodate. Unfortunately, Ii was later assassinated in 1860 by people who sought to oust the foreign "barbarians." Hikone Castle Hikone Castle (彦根城; -jō) is the most famous historical site in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. ... Ii Naosuke (井伊直弼, 1815 - March 3, 1860) was Tairo of Japan from April 23, 1858 until his death. ... Yokohama City Hall Mayor Hiroshi Nakada Address 〒231-0017 Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Minato-cho 1-1 Phone number 045-671-2121 Official website: Yokohama City Yokohama (Japanese: 横浜市; -shi) is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. ... View of Hakodate from Mountain Hakodate (函館市; -shi) is a city and port located in Oshima, Hokkaido, Japan. ...


Shiga's second-most famous building is Ishiyama Temple in Otsu. It has a room where one of Japan's most famous novels was written: Genji Monogatari or Tale of Genji written by Murasaki Shikibu. Genji Monogatari (源氏物語), frequently translated as The Tale of Genji, is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. ... Murasaki Shikibu (紫 式部 Murasaki Shikibu, c. ...


We also have Omi Hakkei or Eight Views of Omi made famous by Hiroshige's picturesque woodblock prints. Unfortunately, most of the original eight views are now almost gone or totally different from what they were centuries ago. One of them was set in Katata, home of the Ukimido, another famous building in Shiga. It is a small temple building built on stilts (now concrete pillars) on the lake near the shore, accessible by a short bridge. View of Mount Fuji from Satta Point in the Suruga Bay, woodcut by Hiroshige, published posthumously 1859. ...


Shiga has so many things that it would take a few weeks or more to see everything. The above is only the tip of the iceberg.


Prefectural symbols

Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle (national treasure), Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi), funa-zushi fermented fish, Omi beef Reeds on the shore of Lake Biwa Lake Biwa from outer space. ... Hikone Castle Hikone Castle (彦根城; -jō) is the most famous historical site in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. ... The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the government of Japan designates the most famous of the nations cultural properties as National Treasures (国宝: kokuhō). ...


Miscellaneous topics

Lord Ii Naosuke from Hikone Castle served as a Tairo (Great Elder) in the Tokugawa government and played a key role in helping to open Japan to foreigners. He favored and concluded commercial treaties with the Western powers and thus broke Japan's isolation from the world. Foreigners were then allowed to trade with Japan and take up residence in cities like Yokohama and Hakodate. Ii was later assassinated in 1860 outside Edo Castle by people who sought to oust the foreign "barbarians." Ii Naosuke (井伊直弼, 1815 - March 3, 1860) was Tairo of Japan from April 23, 1858 until his death. ... Hikone Castle Hikone Castle (彦根城; -jō) is the most famous historical site in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Edo Castle (江戸城 -jō) was built in 1457 by ÅŒta Dōkan in what is now the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, but was then known as Edo, Toshima District, Musashi Province. ...


Shiga also produced a prime minister in Sosuke Uno from Moriyama. Unfortunatelty, he was also one of the shortest-serving prime ministers in history, being forced to resign after only three months (June-August 1989) in office. His extramarital affair with a Kagurazaka geisha turned into a widely-reported sex scandal, leaving him no choice but to resign in total disgrace. Sōsuke Uno (宇野 宗佑 Uno Sōsuke August 27, 1922–May 19, 1998) was a Japanese politician and the 75th Prime Minister of Japan from June 3, 1989 to August 10, 1989. ... Moriyama (守山市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ...


Sister states

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External links

  • http://www.pref.shiga.jp/index-e.html
  • Shiga Guide at PHOTOGUIDE.JP
  • Shiga Photos at PHOTOGUIDE.JP
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Coordinates: 35°7′N 136°4′E Image File history File links Shiga_Prefecture_shadow_picture. ... Prefectural symbol Shiga (source: ja. ... The Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held on the fourth Sunday every May. ... Hikone (彦根市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Koka (甲賀市, -shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Konan (湖南市 shi) is a city located in the southern part of Shiga, Japan. ... Huge lotus pond bloom in summer at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu. ... The shinkansen bullet train streaks past Mt. ... Moriyama (守山市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Nagahama Castle Nagahama (長浜市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... From Otsu, the Michigan paddlewheel boat offers cruises on Lake Biwa. ... ÅŒmihachiman (近江八幡市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Rittō (栗東市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Takashima (高島町; -cho) is a town located in Takashima District, Shiga, Japan. ... Yasu (野洲市; -shi) is a city located in Yasu District, Shiga, Japan. ... Echi (愛知郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Gamo (蒲生郡; Gamō-gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Higashiazai (東浅井郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Ika (伊香郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Inukami (犬上郡; -gun) is a district located in Shiga, Japan. ... Shiga Prefecture from outer space. ... 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). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Aichi Prefecture ) is located in the ChÅ«bu region of Japan. ... Samurai house in Kakunodate Tazawako (Lake Tazawa) Akita Prefecture (秋田県; Akita-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region of northern Japan. ... Aomori Prefecture (青森県 Aomoriken or frequently Aomori-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region of Japan. ... Chiba Prefecture ) is located in the Greater Tokyo Area of Honshu Island, Japan. ... Ehime agency Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県; Ehime-ken) is a prefecture in northwestern Shikoku, Japan. ... Fukui Prefecture ) is located in the ChÅ«bu region on HonshÅ« island, Japan. ... Fukuoka Prefecture ) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... Fukushima Prefecture (福島県 Fukushima-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県 Gifu-ken), is located in the Chubu region of central Japan. ... Gunma Prefecture (or Gumma) (群馬県; Gunma-ken) is located in the Kanto region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Hiroshima Prefecture (広島県 Hiroshima-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... For the dog breed, see Hokkaido (dog). ... Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県 Hyōgo-ken) is located in the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県; Ibaraki-ken) is located in the Kanto region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県 Ishikawa-ken) is located in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Iwate Prefecture (岩手県; Iwate-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Kagawa Prefecture (香川県; Kagawa-ken) is located on Shikoku island, Japan. ... Kagoshima Prefecture ) is located on Kyushu island, Japan. ... Kanagawa Prefecture ) is a prefecture located in the southern Kanto region of Honshu, Japan. ... Kōchi Prefecture (高知県 Kōchi-ken) is located on the south coast of Shikoku, Japan. ... Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県; Kumamoto-ken) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... Kyōto Prefecture (京都府; Kyōto-fu) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Mie Prefecture (三重県; Mie-ken) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県; Miyagi-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Miyazaki Prefecture (Japanese: 宮崎県; Miyazaki-ken) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... Nagano Prefecture (長野県; Nagano-ken) is located on Honshu island, Japan. ... Oranda-zaka (Dutch Slope) in Nagasaki Castle in Shimabara The island of Hirado boasts a fine castle Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県; Nagasaki-ken) is located on Kyushu island, Japan. ... Nara Prefecture (奈良県; Nara-ken) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu Island, Japan. ... Niigata Prefecture ) is located on Honshu island on the coast of the Sea of Japan. ... ÅŒita Prefecture (大分県; ÅŒita-ken) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... Okayama Prefecture (岡山県; Okayama-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Okinawa Prefecture , Okinawan: Uchinā) is Japans southernmost prefecture, and consists of hundreds of the RyÅ«kyÅ« Islands in a chain over 1,000 km long, which extends southwest from KyÅ«shÅ« (the southwesternmost of Japans main four islands) to Taiwan. ... Osaka Prefecture (大阪府 ÅŒsaka-fu) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... A reconstruction of a Yayoi period building at the Yoshinogari site Saga Prefecture (佐賀県; Saga-ken) is located on Kyushu island, Japan. ... Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県; Saitama-ken) is located on Honshu island, Japan. ... Shimane Prefecture ) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県; Shizuoka-ken) is located in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県 Tochigi-ken) is a located in the Kanto region on the island of Honshu, Japan. ... Tokushima Prefecture (徳島県 Tokushima-ken) is located on Shikoku island, Japan. ... Tokyo ) , literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized central area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Tottori Prefecture (鳥取県; Tottori-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Toyama Prefecture (富山県; Toyama-ken) is located in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県; Wakayama-ken) is part of the Kii Peninsula in the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yamagata Prefecture (山形県; Yamagata-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県 Yamanashi-ken) is located in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. ... 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... For the dog breed, see Hokkaido (dog). ... Tohoku region, Japan The Tōhoku region (東北地方; Tōhoku-chihō) is a geographical area of Japan. ... Kantō region, Japan The Kantō region (Japanese: 関東地方, Kantō-chihō) is a geographical area of HonshÅ«, the largest island in Japan. ... Chubu region, Japan Mount Fuji is the ChÅ«bu regions most famous landmark. ... 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. ... Tōkai (東海) is a subregion of Chubu, Japan along the Pacific Ocean. ... Chukyo region (中京地方 ChÅ«kyō-chihō) lies in the middle of Japans main island, Honshu. ... The Kansai (Japanese: 関西) region 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 The ChÅ«goku region (中国地方 ChÅ«goku-chihō) is the westernmost region of Honshu, the largest island 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. ... Kyushu region, Japan Kyushu (九州 kyÅ«shÅ«) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ... Location of Ryukyu Islands Ryukyuan flag The Ryukyu Islands (琉球列島 Ryukyu-rettō, formerly spelled Lewchew or Luchu) or Nansei Islands (南西諸島 Nansei-shotō southwest islands), are an island chain stretching southwestward from the island of Kyushu in Japan. ... 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. ... The 23 special wards (特別区 tokubetsuku) are self-governing, special municipalities in the central and most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. ... Chiba Hall Mayor {{{Mayor}}} Address 〒260-8722 1-1, Chiba-kou, Chuo-ku, Chiba Phone number 043-245-5111 Official website: Chiba City , Chiba (千葉市 Chiba-shi) is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. ... Fukuoka City Hall Mayor Hirotaro Yamasaki Address 〒810-8620 Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Tenjin 1-8-1 Phone number 092-711-4111 Official website: Fukuoka City Fukuoka (福岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan, across... Hiroshima City Hall Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba Address 〒730-8586 Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Kokutaiji 1-6-34 Phone number 082-245-2111 Official website: Hiroshima City Coordinates: , // The city of Hiroshima ) is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu, the largest... A symbol of Kawasaki-shi Temple at Kawasaki. ... Kitakyushu (北九州市; Kitakyushu-shi), literally North Kyushu, is a city located in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. ... Kobe City Hall Mayor Tatsuo Yada Address 〒650-8570 Kobe-shi,Chuo-ku Kana-machi 6-5-1 Phone number 078-331-8181 Official website: Kobe City , Kobe ) is a city in Japan located on the island of Honshu. ... Kyoto City Hall Mayor Yorikane Masumoto Address 〒604-8571 Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Teramachi-Oike, 488 Phone number 075-222-3111 Official website: Kyoto City This page is about the city Kyoto. ... Nagoya Castle Nagoya (名古屋市; -shi) is the fourth largest (third largest metropolitan region) and the third most prosperous city in Japan. ... Osaka City Hall Mayor Junichi Seki Address 〒530-8201 Osaka-shi,Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-3-20 Phone number 06-6208-8181 Official website: Osaka City , Osaka ) is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, with a population of 2. ... Saitama ) is the capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan. ... Sakai (堺市; -shi) is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. ... Sapporo ) (help· info) is the fifth-largest city in Japan by population and the third-largest by geographic area. ... Sendai City Hall Mayor Katsuhiko Umehara Address 〒980-8671 Sendai-shi, Aoba-ku, Kokubun-cho 3-7-1 Phone number 022-261-1111 Official website: Sendai City Sendai ) is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and the largest city in the Tōhoku (northeast) region. ... Shizuoka (静岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Yokohama City Hall Mayor Hiroshi Nakada Address 〒231-0017 Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Minato-cho 1-1 Phone number 045-671-2121 Official website: Yokohama City Yokohama (Japanese: 横浜市; -shi) is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. ... The written history of Japan began with brief appearances in Chinese history texts from the first century CE. However, archaeological research indicates that people were living on the islands of Japan as early as the upper paleolithic period. ... The Japanese Paleolithic ) covers a period from around 100,000 [citation needed] to 30,000 BCE, when the earliest stone tool implements have been found, to around 12,000 BCE, at the end of the last Ice-age, which corresponds to the beginning of the Mesolithic Jomon Period. ... Characters for Jōmon (Cord marks). The Jomon period (Japanese: 縄文時代 Jōmon-jidai) is the time in Japanese pre-history from about 10,000 BCE to 300 BCE. Most scholars agree that by around 40,000 BCE glaciation had connected the Japanese islands with the Asian mainland. ... History of Japan Paleolithic Jomon Yayoi Yamato period ---Kofun period ---Asuka period Nara period Heian period Kamakura period Muromachi period Azuchi-Momoyama period ---Nanban period Edo period Meiji period Taisho period Showa period ---Japanese expansionism ---Occupied Japan ---Post-Occupation Japan Heisei Yayoi (弥生時代) is an era in Japan from 300... The Yamato period ) is the period of Japanese history when the Japanese Imperial court ruled from modern-day Nara Prefecture, then known as Yamato Province. ... The Nara period ) of the history of Japan covers the years from about AD 710 to 794. ... The Heian period (Japanese: 平安時代, Heian-jidai) is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185. ... The Kamakura period (Japanese: 鎌倉時代, Kamakura-jidai; 1185–1333) is a period of Japanese history that marks the governance of the Kamakura Shogunate; officially established in 1192 by the first Kamakura shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo. ... The Muromachi period (Japanese: 室町時代, Muromachi-jidai, also known as the Muromachi era, the Muromachi bakufu, the Ashikaga era, the Ashikaga period, or the Ashikaga bakufu) is a division of Japanese history running from approximately 1336 to 1573. ... The Azuchi-Momoyama period (Japanese: 安土桃山時代, Azuchi-Momoyama-jidai) is a division of Japanese history running from approximately 1568 to 1600. ... The Edo period (Japanese: 江戸時代, Edo-jidai), also called Tokugawa period, is a division of Japanese history running from 1603 to 1867. ... The Meiji period (Japanese: 明治時代, Meiji-jidai) denotes the 45-year reign of the Meiji Emperor, running from 8 September 1868 (in the Gregorian calendar, 23 October 1868) to 30 July 1912. ... The Taishō period (Japanese: 大正時代, Taishō-jidai, period of great righteousness) is a period in the history of Japan dating from 30 July 1912 to 25 December 1926. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... It has been suggested that Updated Japan News be merged into this article or section. ... The Economic history of Japan is one of the most studied for its spectacular growth, first in the period from the late nineteenth century that saw Japan become a world power and then again after the devastation of the Second World War when the island nation rose to become the... The history of education in Japan dates back at least to the sixth century, when Chinese learning was introduced at the Yamato court. ... The military history of Japan is characterized by a long period of feudal wars, followed by domestic stability, and then foreign conquest. ... The naval history of Japan traces back to early interactions with states on the Asian continent at the beginning of the medieval period, and reached a peak of activity during the 16th and 17th century at a time of cultural exchange with European powers during the Nanban trade period. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which is aligned with the spin axis of the Earth. ...


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