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
茨城県
Japanese transcription(s)
Official seal of Ibaraki
Location of Ibaraki in Japan
Location of Ibaraki in Japan
Country Japan
RegionKantō
IslandHonshu
CapitalMito
Government
 • GovernorKazuhiko Ōigawa
Area
 • Total6,095.58 km2 (2,353.52 sq mi)
Area rank23rd
Population
 (September 1, 2010)
 • Total2,964,141
 • Rank11th
 • Density490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-08
Prefectural flowerRose (Rosa)
Prefectural treeUme tree (Prunus mume)
Prefectural birdEurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
Number of districts7
Number of municipalities44
Websitewww.pref.ibaraki.jp
Flag of Ibaraki Prefecture.svg

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 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-14.