Fukuoka Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県, Fukuoka-ken) is a prefecture in the Kyūshū region of Japan on the island of Kyūshū.[1] The capital city is Fukuoka.[2]

Fukuoka
福岡県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiFukuoka-ken
Official seal of Fukuoka
Location of Fukuoka in Japan
Location of Fukuoka in Japan
Country Japan
RegionKyūshū (Saikaidō)
IslandKyūshū
CapitalFukuoka
Government
 • GovernorHiroshi Ogawa (since April 2011)
Area
 • Total4,971.01 km2 (1,919.32 sq mi)
Area rank29th
Population
 (September 1, 2010)
 • Total5,071,732
 • Rank9th
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-40
Prefectural flowerUme blossom (Prunus mume)
Prefectural treeAzalea (Rhododendron tsutsusi)
Prefectural birdJapanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone)
Number of districts12
Number of municipalities60
Websitewww.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/somu/
multilingual/english/top.html
Emblem of Fukuoka Prefecture.svg

HistoryEdit

The area of Fukuoka Prefecture includes the old provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.[3]

TimelineEdit

GeographyEdit

Fukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides. The prefecture borders Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures. Fukuoka is near Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.

Fukuoka includes the two largest cities on Kyūshū, Fukuoka and Kitakyūshū. Small islands are near the north coast of the prefecture.

CitiesEdit

There are 28 cities in the prefecture:

Towns and villagesEdit

These are the towns and villages in each district of the prefecture

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 18% of the total land area of the prefecture.[6]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Kōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, Hakosagi-gū and Usa-jinjū are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [7]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Fukuoka-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 218; Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Fukuoka Prefecture, Regional Information Archived 2012-12-31 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-6.
  2. Nussbaum, "Fukuoka" at p. 218.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Davis, Paul K. (2001). 100 decisive battles: from ancient times to the present, pp. 145-147; the noun "Bun'ei" means the Japanese era name (nengō) for a time period started in February 1264 and ended in April 1275
  5. Davis, p. 147; the noun "Kōan" means the Japanese era name for a time period which started in February 1278 and ended in April 1288.
  6. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-4.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Fukuoka prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 33°36′N 130°35′E / 33.600°N 130.583°E / 33.600; 130.583