Awa Province (Chiba)

province of Japan, now part of Chiba Prefecture

Awa Province (安房国, Awa-no kuni)[1] was an old province of Japan in the area of Chiba Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[2] It is also known as Bōshū (房州) or Anshū (安州).

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Awa Province(Chiba) highlighted

The province was on the tip of the Boso Peninsula (房総半島).


View of Awa Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1856

Awa Province was created during the reign of Empress Genshō.[3]

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Awa Province were reformed in the 1870s.[4]

Shrines and Temples


Awa jinja[5] was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Awa. [6]



  1. Awa Province in Shikoku sounds like it has the same name, but it is written with different kanji (阿波国).
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Awa no Kuni" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 62.
  3. Meyners d'Estrey, Guillaume Henry Jean (1884). Annales de l'Extrême Orient et de l'Afrique, Vol. 6, p. 172; excerpt, Genshō crée sept provinces : Idzumi, Noto, Atoa, Iwaki, Iwase, Suwa et Sado en empiétant sur celles de Kawachi, Echizen, Etchū, Kazusa, Mutsu and Shinano.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. Nussbaum, "Awa-jinja" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 61.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-17.

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