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 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, Ch?goku Bank, and T?hoku University.

Each region contains one or more of the country's 47 prefectures. Of the four main islands of Japan, Hokkaid?, Shikoku, and Ky?sh? make up one region each, the latter also containing the Ryukyu Islands, while the largest island Honsh? is divided into five regions. Okinawa Prefecture is usually included in Ky?sh?, but is sometimes treated as its own ninth region.[1][2][3]

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


Region Population Area in km²[4] Prefectures contained
Hokkaid? 5.4 million[5] 83,000 Hokkaid?
T?hoku 8.9 million[6] 67,000 Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata
Kant? 43.3 million[7] 32,000 Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, T?ky?
Ch?bu 21.4 million[8] 67,000 Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano,
Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, Yamanashi
Kansai (also known as Kinki) 22.5 million[9] 33,000 Hy?go, Ky?to, Mie, Nara, ?saka, Shiga, Wakayama
Ch?goku 7.3 million[10] 32,000 Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi
Shikoku 3.8 million[11] 19,000 Ehime, Kagawa, K?chi, Tokushima
Ky?sh? & Okinawa 14.5 million[12] 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.[13][14] The eight traditional regions are marked in bold.

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