Japan Prefectures & Regions

Japan's Prefectures & Regions: Map of Japan's 47 Prefectures

Japan is divided for administrative purposes into 47 prefectures stretching from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. Japan's four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.

Japan's prefectures were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains (han), which had been ruled by feudal lords known as daimyo. Often the previous castle town of the old han became the new capital of the prefecture.

See a numbered map of all 47 prefectures in Japan. At the northern and southern extremities of Japan both Hokkaido and the islands of Okinawa are one administrative unit each.

Japan Prefectures Map

Map of Japan Prefectures

Japan's Prefectures & Regions

Hokkaido 北海道

1. Hokkaido 北海道

Tohoku 東北

2. Aomori 青森

3. Akita 秋田

4. Iwate 岩手

5. Yamagata 山形

6. Miyagi 宮城

7. Fukushima 福島

Kanto 関東

8. Tochigi 栃木

9. Gunma 群馬

10. Ibaraki 茨城

11. Saitama 埼玉

12. Tokyo 東京

13. Chiba 千葉

14. Kanagawa 神奈川

Chubu 中部

15. Niigata 新潟

16. Ishikawa 石川

17. Toyama 富山

18. Nagano 長野

19. Fukui 福井

20. Gifu 岐阜

21. Yamanashi 山梨

22. Aichi 愛知

23. Shizuoka 静岡

Kansai 関西

24. Hyogo 兵庫

25. Kyoto 京都

26. Shiga 滋賀

27. Osaka 大阪

28. Nara 奈良

29. Mie 三重

30. Wakayama 和歌山

Chugoku 中国

31. Tottori 鳥取

32. Shimane 島根

33. Okayama 岡山

34. Hiroshima 広島

35. Yamaguchi 山口

Shikoku 四国

36. Kagawa 香川

37. Ehime 愛媛

38. Tokushima 徳島

39. Kochi 高知

Kyushu & Okinawa 九州・沖縄

40. Fukuoka 福岡

41. Saga 佐賀

42. Nagasaki 長崎

43. Kumamoto 熊本

44. Oita 大分

45. Miyazaki 宮崎

46. Kagoshima 鹿児島

47. Okinawa 沖縄

Map of Japan Prefectures

Facts About Japan's Prefectures

Largest prefecture - Hokkaido

Smallest prefecture - Kagawa

Prefectures with both Pacific and Japan Sea coasts - Aomori & Hyogo

Prefecture with the highest population density - Tokyo

Prefecture with the most islands - Nagasaki

Prefecture with the most dogs - Aichi

Prefecture with the largest rice yield - Niigata

Prefecture with the most cows - Hokkaido

Prefecture with the smallest population - Tottori

Poorest prefecture - Okinawa


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