List of regions of Japan

Japan is divided into eight regions. They are not official administrative units, though they have been used by government officials for statistical and other purposes since 1905. They are widely used in, for example, maps, geography textbooks, and weather reports, and many businesses and institutions use their home regions in their names, for example Kinki Nippon Railway, Chūgoku Bank, and Tōhoku University.

Map of the regions of Japan. From northeast to southwest: Hokkaidō (red), Tōhoku (yellow), Kantō (green), Chūbu (cyan), Kansai (blue), Chūgoku (orange), Shikoku (purple) and Kyūshū & Okinawa (grey).

Each region groups several of the country's 47 prefectures, except for the region of Hokkaidō, which is the same as Hokkaidō Prefecture. Of the other three main islands of Japan, Shikoku make up one region, Kyūshū is generally combined with Okinawa Prefecture as Kyūshū Region, and the largest island, Honshū is divided into five regions.

Japan has eight High Courts, but their jurisdictions do not correspond to the eight regions (see Judicial system of Japan for details).

TableEdit

Region Population Area in km2[1] Prefectures contained
Hokkaidō 5.4 million[2] 83,000 Hokkaidō
Tōhoku 8.91 million[3] 67,000 Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata
Kantō 43.3 million[4] 32,000 Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, Tōkyō
Chūbu 21.4 million[5] 67,000 Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano,
Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, Yamanashi
Kansai (also
known as Kinki)
22.5 million[6] 33,000 Hyōgo, Kyōto, Mie, Nara, Ōsaka, Shiga, Wakayama
Chūgoku 7.3 million[7] 32,000 Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi
Shikoku 3.8 million[8] 19,000 Ehime, Kagawa, Kōchi, Tokushima
Kyūshū 14.5 million[9] 44,000 Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto,
Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Ōita, Okinawa, Saga

Regions and islandsEdit

This is a list of Japan's major islands, traditional regions, and subregions, going from northeast to southwest.[10][11] The eight traditional regions are marked in bold.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Regions of Japan at Wikimedia Commons

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