List of Japanese Prefectures by Area
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List of Japanese Prefectures by Area

Prefectures of Japan ranked by area as of October 1, 2015

Figures here are according to the official estimates of Japan.[1] Ranks are given by estimated areas. Undetermined areas here account for domestic boundary regions either in uncertainty or disputed among Japanese prefectures.

Rank Prefecture Japanese Estimated
Area
(km²)[2]
Determined
Area
(km²)[3]
Undetermined
Area
(km²)[4]
Population Density
(/km²)
Inhabitable Area Forest
Area
(%)
Capital
(km²) Density
(/km²)
1 Hokkaido 83,424.31 83,424.31 5,381,733 64.51 22,372.86 240.55 63.8% Sapporo
2 Iwate 15,275.01 15,275.01 1,279,594 83.77 3,714.01 344.53 74.9% Morioka
3 Fukushima 13,783.74 13,783.74 1,914,039 138.86 4,217.02 453.88 67.9% Fukushima
4 Nagano 13,561.56 13,104.29 457.27 2,098,804 154.76 3,225.52 650.69 75.5% Nagano
5 Niigata 12,584.10 10,363.99 2,220.11 2,304,264 183.11 4,535.27 508.08 63.5% Niigata
6 Akita 11,637.54 11,637.54 1,023,119 87.92 3,204.39 319.29 70.5% Akita
7 Gifu 10,621.29 9,768.57 852.72 2,031,903 191.30 2,211.13 918.94 79.0% Gifu
8 Aomori 9,645.59 9,645.59 1,308,265 135.63 3,229.50 405.10 63.8% Aomori
9 Yamagata 9,323.15 6,651.83 2,671.32 1,123,891 120.55 2,884.80 389.59 68.7% Yamagata
10 Kagoshima ? 9,186.94 9,042.65 144.29 1,648,177 179.40 3,312.81 497.52 63.4% Kagoshima
11 Hiroshima 8,479.45 8,479.45 2,843,990 335.40 2,310.91 1,230.68 71.8% Hiroshima
12 Hyogo 8,400.96 8,400.96 5,534,800 658.83 2,782.95 1,988.82 66.7% Kobe
13 Shizuoka 7,777.42 7,252.60 524.82 3,700,305 475.78 2,749.49 1,345.82 63.1% Shizuoka
14 Miyazaki 7,735.31 6,794.24 941.07 1,104,069 142.73 1,849.87 596.84 75.8% Miyazaki
15 Kumamoto 7,409.35 7,272.41 136.94 1,786,170 241.07 2,796.13 638.80 60.4% Kumamoto
16 Miyagi 7,282.22 6,858.62 423.60 2,333,899 320.49 3,154.83 739.79 55.9% Sendai
17 Okayama 7,114.50 7,010.92 103.58 1,921,525 270.09 2,218.89 865.98 68.0% Okayama
18 Kochi 7,103.93 7,103.93 728,276 102.52 1,163.18 626.11 83.3% K?chi
19 Shimane 6,708.24 6,708.24 694,352 103.51 1,298.92 534.56 77.5% Matsue
20 Tochigi 6,408.09 6,408.09 1,974,255 308.09 2,982.76 661.89 53.2% Utsunomiya
21 Gumma 6,362.28 6,362.28 1,973,115 310.13 2,279.36 865.64 63.8% Maebashi
22 Oita 6,340.71 5,100.28 1,240.43 1,166,338 183.94 1,798.91 648.36 70.6% Oita
23 Yamaguchi 6,112.30 6,112.30 1,404,729 229.82 1,706.74 823.05 71.6% Yamaguchi
24 Ibaraki 6,097.06 6,097.06 2,916,976 478.42 3,974.86 733.86 31.0% Mito
25 Mie 5,774.40 5,758.66 15.74 1,815,865 314.47 2,059.17 881.84 64.3% Tsu
26 Ehime 5,676.11 5,676.11 1,385,262 244.05 1,673.14 827.94 70.3% Matsuyama
27 Aichi 5,172.48 5,123.48 49.00 7,483,128 1,446.72 2,987.77 2,504.59 42.2% Nagoya
28 Chiba 5,157.65 5,082.90 74.75 6,222,666 1,206.49 3,554.37 1,750.71 30.4% Chiba
29 Fukuoka 4,986.40 4,854.20 132.20 5,101,556 1,023.09 2,761.41 1,847.45 44.5% Fukuoka
30 Wakayama ? 4,724.69 4,724.69 963,579 203.95 1,115.11 864.11 76.4% Wakayama
31 Kyoto 4,612.19 4,612.19 2,610,353 565.97 1,173.81 2,223.83 74.2% Kyoto
32 Yamanashi 4,465.27 4,253.95 211.32 834,930 186.98 954.38 874.84 77.8% K?fu
33 Toyama 4,247.61 2,045.94 2,201.67 1,066,328 251.04 1,842.82 578.64 56.6% Toyama
34 Fukui 4,190.49 4,190.49 786,740 187.74 1,077.27 730.31 73.9% Fukui
35 Ishikawa 4,186.09 4,186.09 1,154,008 275.68 1,391.86 829.11 66.0% Kanazawa
36 Tokushima 4,146.65 4,146.65 755,733 182.25 1,010.20 748.10 75.2% Tokushima
37 Nagasaki 4,132.09 4,132.09 1,377,187 333.29 1,676.17 821.63 58.4% Nagasaki
38 Shiga 4,017.38 3,766.99 250.39 1,412,916 351.70 1,307.26 1,080.82 50.5% ?tsu
39 Saitama 3,797.75 3,767.62 30.13 7,266,534 1,913.38 2,584.64 2,811.43 31.9% Saitama
40 Nara 3,690.94 3,690.94 1,364,316 369.64 855.53 1,594.70 76.8% Nara
41 Tottori 3,507.05 3,507.05 573,441 163.51 900.75 636.63 73.3% Tottori
42 Saga 2,440.68 2,440.68 832,832 341.23 1,335.61 623.56 45.2% Saga
43 Kanagawa ? 2,415.83 2,415.83 9,126,214 3,777.67 1,470.59 6,205.82 38.8% Yokohama
44 Okinawa 2,281.12 2,281.12 1,433,566 628.45 1,169.16 1,226.15 46.1% Naha
45 Tokyo 2,190.93 2,106.23 84.70 13,515,271 6,168.74 1,418.40 9,528.53 34.8% Tokyo
46 Osaka 1,905.14 1,905.14 8,839,469 4,639.80 1,330.58 6,643.32 30.1% Osaka
47 Kagawa 1,876.72 1,862.50 14.22 976,263 520.20 1,005.54 970.88 46.4% Takamatsu
Japan 377,970.75 365,190.44 12,780.27 127,094,745 336.26 122,630.69 1,036.40 64.6% Tokyo

Prefectures of Japan ranked by area as of January 1, 1883

Native registered (, honseki) population for January 1, 1883 was calculated based on information of family registries (, koseki).[5] Areas were calculated based on maps drawn by In? Tadataka.[6] Ranks are given by estimated areas.

Rank Prefectures Japanese Estimated

Area
(h?ri)[7]

Estimated

Area
(km²)

honseki

Population

Density

(/km²)

1 Sapporo-ken[8] 3,245.51 50,057.03 61,144 1.22
2 Nemuro-ken[8] 2,335.28 36,018.12 5,642 0.16
3 Kagoshima-ken[9] ? 1,089.65 16,806.19 1,291,586 76.85
4 Iwate-ken 899.19 13,868.63 611,735 44.11
5 Fukushima-ken 884.33 13,639.44 840,241 61.60
6 Nagano-ken 853.76 13,167.94 1,033,969 78.52
7 Niigata-ken 786.33 12,127.94 1,586,599 130.82
8 Akita-ken 754.00 11,629.30 633,203 54.45
9 Gifu-ken 671.45 10,356.09 868,333 83.85
10 Aomori-ken 607.03 9,362.51 488,505 52.18
11 Yamagata-ken 600.15 9,256.40 695,533 75.14
12 Hy?go-ken 556.68 8,585.94 1,433,355 166.94
13 Miyagi-ken 540.79 8,340.86 633,194 75.91
14 Ishikawa-ken[10] 537.13 8,284.41 1,428,073 172.38
15 Hiroshima-ken 520.78 8,032.24 1,252,811 155.97
16 Hakodate-ken[8] 514.57 7,936.46 117,063 14.75
17 Shizuoka-ken 503.82 7,770.65 985,881 126.87
18 Kumamoto-ken 465.47 7,179.16 997,830 138.99
19 K?chi-ken 454.72 7,013.36 549,184 78.31
20 Ehime-ken[11] 454.67 7,012.59 1,491,614 212.71
21 Shimane-ken 435.82 6,721.86 674,984 100.42
22 Okayama-ken 420.98 6,492.97 1,029,567 158.57
23 Tochigi-ken 411.77 6,350.92 609,000 95.89
24 Gunma-ken 407.25 6,281.21 613,410 97.66
25 ?ita-ken 402.73 6,211.49 746,411 120.17
26 Nagasaki-ken[12] 395.23 6,095.82 1,212,157 198.85
27 Yamaguchi-ken 389.99 6,015.00 897,370 149.19
28 Ibaraki-ken 385.16 5,940.50 920,876 155.02
29 Mie-ken 368.55 5,684.32 870,137 153.08
30 Chiba-ken 326.45 5,034.99 1,124,085 223.25
31 Fukuoka-ken 317.81 4,901.73 1,128,289 230.18
32 ?saka-fu[13] 317.14 4,891.40 1,585,696 324.18
33 Aichi-ken 312.78 4,824.15 1,354,996 280.88
34 Wakayama-ken ? 310.62 4,790.84 610,182 127.36
35 Ky?to-fu 296.55 4,573.83 840,951 183.86
36 Yamanashi-ken 289.85 4,470.49 410,246 91.77
37 Fukui-ken 272.40 4,201.35 582,210 138.58
38 Tokushima-ken 271.28 4,184.08 649,616 155.26
39 Saitama-ken 265.84 4,100.18 970,598 236.72
40 Shiga-ken 258.44 3,986.04 639,961 160.55
41 Kanagawa-ken[14] ? 229.17 3,534.60 800,925 226.60
42 Tottori-ken 224.16 3,457.33 379,747 109.84
43 Okinawa-ken 156.91 2,420.10 360,770 149.07
44 T?ky?-fu[14] 52.32 806.96 999,623 1,238.76
Japan 24,794.51 382,417.41 37,017,302 96.80

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References and notes

  1. ^ Population estimates for October 1, 2015 are according to those reported by the Statistics Bureau of Japan. Area estimates for October 1, 2015 are according to those reported by the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan. See Area of Japanese Prefectures as of October 1, 2015 and Outline of the System of Social and Demographic Statistics of Japan.(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Expediential values estimated by the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, because of the uncertainty of boundaries.
  3. ^ Excludes undetermined (i.e. uncertain or disputed) areas.
  4. ^ The sum of prefectural undetermined areas for each prefecture doubles the total prefectural undetermined areas in Japan.
  5. ^ According to Japan Household Tables for January 1, Meiji 16 (1883). See Digital Library at the National Diet Library of Japan[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ According to the 2nd Statistical Yearbook of the Empire of Japan (1883).
  7. ^ 1 square ri (, h?ri) = 15.4234711 km².
  8. ^ a b c Three prefectures of Sapporo-, Hakodate- and Nemuro-ken were united to Hokkaid?-ch? (Hokkaid? Agency) on January 26, 1886.
  9. ^ Includes present-day Miyazaki-ken split from Kagoshima-ken on May 9, 1883.
  10. ^ Includes present-day Toyama-ken split from Ishikawa-ken on May 9, 1883.
  11. ^ Includes present-day Kagawa-ken split from Ehime-ken on December 3, 1888.
  12. ^ Includes present-day Saga-ken split from Nagasaki-ken on May 9, 1883.
  13. ^ Includes Nara-ken split from ?saka-fu on November 4, 1887.
  14. ^ a b Kanagawa-ken includes Three districts of Tama relegated from Kanagawa-ken to T?ky?-fu on April 1, 1893.

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