Kanagawa Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県, Kanagawa-ken) is a prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital city is Yokohama.[2]

Kanagawa Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiKanagawa-ken
Flag of Kanagawa Prefecture
Official seal of Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Kanagawa in Japan
Location of Kanagawa in Japan
Coordinates: 35°26′51.9″N 139°38′33.1″E / 35.447750°N 139.642528°E / 35.447750; 139.642528
Country Japan
ISO 3166 codeJP-14

History change

Kanagawa was created from the lands of Sagami Province and Musashi Province.[3]

In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry landed at Kanagawa.

In 1854, the Japanese-American Convention of Kanagawa opened Japanese ports to the United States.

In 1923, the center of the Great Kantō earthquake was deep beneath Izu Ōshima Island in Sagami Bay.[4]

Geography change

Kanagawa is in the southeastern corner of the Kantō Plain. The prefecture is between Tokyo on the north, the foothills of Mount Fuji on the northwest, and the Sagami Bay and Tokyo Bay on the south and east. The western border is shared with Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture.

Cities change

There are nineteen cities in Kanagawa Prefecture:

Towns and villages change

National Parks change

National Parks are established in about 23% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5]

Shrines and Temples change

Samukawa jinja and Hikawa jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[6]

Related pages change

References change

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kanagawa" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 466; "Kantō" at p. 479.
  2. Nussbaum, "Yokohama" at pp. 1054-1055.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Hammer, Joshua. (2006). Yokohama Burning: the Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, p. 278.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture". Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-3-14.

Other websites change

  Media related to Kanagawa prefecture at Wikimedia Commons