Japan Guide: Japan's Regions & Prefectures
Tokyo | Kyoto | Osaka | Atami | Fukuoka | Hakone | Himeji | Hiroshima | Ibaraki | Ise & Toba | Kamakura | Kanazawa | Kirishima | Kobe | Koyasan | Magome & Tsumago | Nagasaki | Nagoya | Nara | Niigata | Nikko | Oita & Beppu | Okayama & Kurashiki | Okinawa | Saitama | Sakurajima | Sapporo | Sendai | Shizuoka & Hamamatsu | Shodoshima | Toyohashi | Tsukuba | Yanagawa | Yokohama
Japan is made up of eight generally recognised regions, though these regions are not administrative or political divisions of the country.
Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures (see the chart below).
This division of the country into prefectures, each with their own elected assembly and governor, dates from the Meiji Period in Japanese history when the domains (han) of the samurai feudal lords (大名 daimyo) were abolished.
The present number of 47 prefectures came in to existence in 1888. Each prefecture has a prefectural capital.
Map of Japan's Prefectures
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