Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県, Ibaraki-ken) is a prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan on the island of Honshu. The capital is Mito.
|Coordinates: 36°20′30″N 140°26′48″E / 36.34167°N 140.44667°ECoordinates: 36°20′30″N 140°26′48″E / 36.34167°N 140.44667°E|
|• Governor||Kazuhiko Ōigawa|
|• Total||6,095.58 km2 (2,353.52 sq mi)|
(September 1, 2010)
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-08|
|Prefectural flower||Rose (Rosa)|
|Prefectural tree||Ume tree (Prunus mume)|
|Prefectural bird||Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)|
|Number of districts||7|
|Number of municipalities||44|
In 1871, Ibaraki Prefecture was created from Hitachi Province.
Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of Kantō. It is between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean. Fukushima Prefecture is its neighbor to the north and Chiba Prefecture is to the south. Saitama Prefecture is to the southwest. There are many mountains in the northern part of the prefecture. The rest of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.
There are thirty-two cities in Ibaraki Prefecture:
Towns and villagesEdit
Towns and villages in each district:
National Parks are established in about 15% of the total land area of the prefecture.
Shrines and TemplesEdit
Kashima jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. 
- ↑ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ibaraki-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 367; "Kantō" at p. 479.
- ↑ Nussbaum, "Mito" at p. 642.
- ↑ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
- ↑ Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-14.
- ↑ "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-14.