LOCATIONS

This map of Japan islands depicts the four main islands of Japan, with Hokkaido in the north and the main island of Honshu where the main population centers of Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto are located. Directly south of the island of Honshu is Shikoku and to the south east is Kyushu which has the major city of Nagasaki. The four largest islands of Japan are sometimes referred to as the “big four islands”.


The Prefectures of Japan (都道府県, Todōfuken) consist of 47 prefectures. They form the first level of jurisdiction and administrative division of Japan. They consist of 43 prefectures (県, ken) proper, two urban prefectures (府, fu, Osaka and Kyoto), one "circuit" or "territory" (道, dō, Hokkaido) and one "metropolis" (都, to, Tokyo).


hokkaido 北海道

is the second largest island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture.

Furano, Hokkaido

HONSHU 本州

Hoshu insland is divided into five nominal regions and contains 34 prefectures, including metropolitan Tokyo. Administratively, some smaller islands are included within these prefectures, notably including the Ogasawara Islands, Sado Island, Izu Ōshima, and Awaji Island. 

 

tohoku 東北

Tōhoku region consists of six prefectures.

 

Akita Prefecture 秋田県

Aomori Prefecture 青森県

Fukushima Prefecture 福島県

Iwate Prefecture 岩手県

Miyagi Prefecture 宮城県

Yamagata Prefecture 山形県

Onsen(Hot Springs) Street, Obanazawa-city, Yamagata

KANTO 関東

Kantō region consists of seven prefectures, including the capital of Japan which is the Tokyo Metropolis.

 

Chiba Prefecture 千葉県

Gunma Prefecture 群馬県

Ibaraki Prefecture 茨城県

Kanagawa Prefecture 神奈川県

Saitama Prefecture 埼玉県

Tochigi Prefecture 栃木県

Tokyo 東京都

Kaminarimon, Asakusa, Tokyo

CHUBU 中部

Chūbu region consists of nine prefectures.

 

Aichi Prefecture 愛知県

Fukui Prefecture 福井県

Gifu Prefecture 岐阜県

Ishikawa Prefecture 石川県

Nagano Prefecture 長野県

Niigata Prefecture 新潟県

Shizuoka Prefecture 静岡県

Toyama Prefecture 富山県

Yamanashi Prefecture 山梨県

Arakurayamasengen Park, Fujiyoshida-city, Yamanashi

KANSAI 関西

Kansai region consists of seven prefectures.

 

Hyōgo Prefecture 兵庫県

Kyoto Prefecture 京都府

Mie Prefecture 三重県

Nara Prefecture 奈良県

Osaka Prefecture 大阪府

Shiga Prefecture 滋賀県

Wakayama Prefecture 和歌山県

Tutenkaku, New World, Osaka

Kinkakuji, Kyoto

chugoku 中国

Chūgoku region consists of five prefectures.

 

Hiroshima Prefecture 広島県

Okayama Prefecture 岡山県

Shimane Prefecture 島根県

Tottori Prefecture 鳥取県

Yamaguchi Prefecture 山口県

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

Miyajima, Hiroshima (World heritage)

SHIKOKU 四国

Shikoku (四国, "four provinces") is the smallest and least populous of the four main islands of Japan.

 

Ehime Prefecture 愛媛県

Kagawa Prefecture 香川県

Kōchi Prefecture 高知県

Tokushima Prefecture 徳島県

Katsurahama, Kochi

KYUSHU 九州

Kyushu is the third biggest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands.

Kyushu region consists of seven prefectures.

 

Fukuoka Prefecture 福岡県

Kagoshima Prefecture 鹿児島県

Kumamoto Prefecture 熊本県

Miyazaki Prefecture 宮崎県

Nagasaki Prefecture 長崎県

Ōita Prefecture 大分県

Kusasenri, Kuamoto

OKINANA 沖縄

Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long.

Taketomi Island, Okinawa