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Ibaraki Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県, Ibaraki-ken) is a prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital is Mito.[2]

Ibaraki Prefecture
Japanese: 茨城県
Map of Japan with Ibaraki highlighted
Capital Mito
Region Kantō
Island Honshu
Governor Kazuhiko Ōigawa
Area (rank) 6,095.58 km² (23rd)
 - % water 4.8%
Population  (September 1, 2010)
 - Population 2,964,141 (11th)
 - Density 486.28 /km²
Districts 7
Municipalities 44
ISO 3166-2 JP-08
Website www.pref.ibaraki.jp
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Rose (Rosa)
 - Tree Ume tree (Prunus mume)
 - Bird Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
 - Fish
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
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HistoryEdit

In 1871, Ibaraki Prefecture was created from Hitachi Province.[3]

GeographyEdit

 
Map of Ibaraki Prefecture

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.

CitiesEdit

There are thirty-two cities in Ibaraki Prefecture:

Towns and villagesEdit

Towns and villages in each district:

Ibaraki
Ōarai
Shirosato
Ami
Kawachi
Miho
Tone
Daigo
Tōkai
Goka
Sakai
Yachiyo

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 15% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Kashima jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ibaraki-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 367; "Kantō" at p. 479.
  2. Nussbaum, "Mito" at p. 642.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-14.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-3-14.