Regions of Japan


Regions of Japan

The regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the 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, Chūgoku Bank, Tohoku University, etc.). While Japan has eight High Courts, their jurisdictions do not correspond to the eight regions below.

From north to south, the traditional regions are:
*Hokkaidō (the island of Hokkaidō and nearby islands, largest city: Sapporo)
*Tōhoku region (northern Honshū, largest city: Sendai)
*Kantō region (eastern Honshū, largest cities: Tokyo and Yokohama)
*Chūbu region (central Honshū, including Mt. Fuji), sometimes divided into:
**Hokuriku region (northwestern Chūbu, largest city: Kanazawa)
**Kōshin'etsu region (northeastern Chūbu, largest cities: Niigata and Nagano)
**Tōkai region (southern Chūbu, largest cities: Nagoya, Hamamatsu, and Shizuoka)
*Kansai or Kinki region (west-central Honshū, largest cities: Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto)
*Chūgoku region (western Honshū, largest cities: Hiroshima, and Okayama)
*Shikoku (island, largest cities: Matsuyama, and Takamatsu)
*Kyūshū (island, largest cities: Fukuoka and Kumamoto) which includes:
** Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa

Each contains several prefectures, except the Hokkaidō region, which covers only Hokkaidō.

ee also

*Ecoregions of Japan
*Prefectures of Japan
*Geography of Japan


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