List of Regions of Japan
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List of Regions of Japan
Map of the regions of Japan. From northeast to southwest: Hokkaid? (red), T?hoku (yellow), Kant? (green), Ch?bu (cyan), Kansai (blue), Ch?goku (orange), Shikoku (purple) and Ky?sh? & Okinawa (grey).

Japan is traditionally divided into eight regions. They are not official administrative units, but are used for 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, Ch?goku Bank, T?hoku University, etc.).

Each region groups several of the country's 47 prefectures, except for the region of Hokkaid? which corresponds to Hokkaid? Prefecture. Of the four main islands of Japan, three make up a region each while the largest island of Honsh? is divided into five regions. Okinawa Prefecture is usually included in Ky?sh?, but is sometimes treated as its own ninth Okinawa region.[]

While Japan has eight High Courts, their jurisdictions do not correspond to the eight traditional regions below. (See Judicial system of Japan for details).


Region Population Area in km2[1] Prefectures contained
Hokkaid? 5.4 million[2] 83,000 Hokkaid?
T?hoku 8.91 million[3] 67,000 Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata
Kant? 43.2 million[4] 32,000 Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, T?ky?
Ch?bu 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 Hy?go, Ky?to, Mie, Nara, ?saka, Shiga, Wakayama
Ch?goku 7.4 million[7] 32,000 Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi
Shikoku 3.8 million[8] 19,000 Ehime, Kagawa, K?chi, Tokushima
Ky?sh? 14.5 million[9] 44,000 Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto,
Miyazaki, Nagasaki, ?ita, Okinawa, Saga

Regions and islands

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 also


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