Explore Japan

This is a personal hands on approach to explore Japan. Here you will find articles, rough guides and useful information that can help you research the country and plan future trips.

Explore Japan regions and prefectures

Map of Japan its regions and prefectures
Map from Toko Service

When travelling to Japan, orienting yourself to the map can be very useful. For example, the map of Japan is divided into eight regions and 47 prefectures. The eight regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been used to traditionally divide the regions of the country. Each region has a group of prefectures which further divide into cities, towns and villages.

Other countries have similar divisions. For example, the United States can be divided into regions such as the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast. However, it is divided into states and counties before it further breaks down into smaller units. The United Kingdom is divided into four countries (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island). It further breaks down into counties.

Nine Regions and 47 Prefectures of Japan

It is interesting to note that Okinawa isn’t actually listed as a region.

  • Hokkaidō
    • Hokkaidō
  • Tōhoku
    • Aomori
    • Iwate
    • Miyagi
    • Akita
    • Yamagata
    • Fukushima
  • Kantō
    • Ibaraki
    • Tochigi
    • Gunma
    • Saitama
    • Chiba
    • Tokyo
    • Kanagawa
  • Chūbu
    • Niigata
    • Toyama
    • Ishikawa
    • Fukui
    • Yamanashi
    • Nagano
    • Gifu
    • Shizuoka
    • Aichi
  • Kansai
    • Mie
    • Shiga
    • Kyoto
    • Osaka
    • Hyōgo
    • Nara
    • Wakayama
  • Chūgoku
    • Tottori
    • Shimane
    • Okayama
    • Hiroshima
    • Yamaguchi
  • Shikoku
    • Tokushima
    • Kagawa
    • Ehime
    • Kōchi
  • Kyūshū
    • Fukuoka
    • Saga
    • Nagasaki
    • Kumamoto
    • Ōita
    • Miyazaki
    • Kagoshima
  • Okinawa
    • Okinawa

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