Hitachi Province

province of Japan

Hitachi Province (常陸国, Hitachi no Kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of Ibaraki Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] It was sometimes called Jōshū (常州).

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Hitachi Province highlighted.

The province had borders with Iwashiro, Iwaki, Shimōsa, and Shimotsuke Provinces.

The ancient capital city of the province was near Ishioka.


View of Hitachi Province, woodblock print by Hokusai, 1830

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Hitachi Province were reformed in the 1870s.[2]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Kashima jinjū was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Hitachi. [3]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Provinces and prefectures" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 780; "Hitachi fudoki" at p. 336
  2. Nussbaum, p. 780.
  3. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Hitachi Province at Wikimedia Commons