List of regions of Japan

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Map of the regions of Japan. From north to south: Hokkaidō (red), Tōhoku (green), Kantō (blue), Chūbu (brown), Kansai (teal), Chūgoku (green-yellow), Shikoku (pink) and Kyūshū (yellow).

The Regions of Japan are traditional subdivisions of the nation.[1] The regional divisions are used in many ways. These include maps, geography and weather reports. Regions are used as a basic framework for description and comparison.[2]


In Japan, the traditional regions are cultural makers.[3] For example, according to Kunio Kishida in 1940, "The correct tradition of Japanese culture exists today not within the culture of the center, which has developed under the influence of foreign culture; but rather within regional culture."[4]

Japan's multi-decade "Comprehensive National Development Plan" emphasizes regions in serial studies of patterns of land use and regional society.[5]

The names of many businesses incorporate a regional name.

List of regions

From north to south, the traditional regions include:

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Geography" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 242.
  2. Tames, Richard. (2008). A Traveller's History of Japan, p. 264.
  3. Griffis, William Elliot. (1883). The Mikado's Empire, p. 87; excerpt, "...rarely spoke even of Kiushiu or Shikoku as names of islands, always using the names of the do or circuits ..."
  4. Brandt, Kim. Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan, pp. 218-219.
  5. Shapira, Philip et al. (1994). Planning For Cities And Regions In Japan, p. 193, citing Research Institute of Construction and Economy. (1991). "Fig. 2-7. "Regional Vitalization and Construction Administration," White Paper on Construction; retrieved 2012-4-11.
  6. Nussbaum, "Hokkaidō" at p. 343.
  7. Nussbaum, "Tohoku" at p. 971.
  8. Nussbaum, "Kantō" at pp. 478-479.
  9. Nussbaum, "Chūbu" at p. 126.
  10. Nussbaum, "Hokuriku" at p. 344.
  11. Nussbaum, "Kansai" at p. 477.
  12. Nussbaum, "Kinki" at p. 522.
  13. Nussbaum, "Chūgoku" at p. 127.
  14. Nussbaum, "Shikoku" at p. 857.
  15. Nussbaum, "Kyūshū" at p. 588.
  16. Nussbaum, "Ryukyu Islands" at p. 801.
  17. Nussbaum, "Okinawa" at p. 747.

Further reading

  • Wigen, Karen. (1970). A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912. Berkeley: University of California Press Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error: No such module "check isxn".