List of regions of Japan
The Regions of Japan are traditional subdivisions of the nation. The regional divisions are used in many ways. These include maps, geography and weather reports. Regions are used as a basic framework for description and comparison.
In Japan, the traditional regions are cultural makers. For example, according to Kunio Kishida in 1940, "The correct tradition of Japanese culture exists today not within the culture of the center, which has developed under the influence of foreign culture; but rather within regional culture."
List of regionsEdit
From north to south, the traditional regions include:
- Hokkaidō region: It covers the entire northern island of Hokkaidō. The largest city is Sapporo.
- Tōhoku region, The region is in the northern part of Honshū island. The largest city is Sendai.
- Kantō region:,. It is in eastern Honshū. The largest city is Tokyo.
- Chūbu region: It is in central Honshū. Mount Fuji is in this region. The largest city is Nagoya.
- Kansai region: or Kinki region It is in west-central Honshū. The largest city is Osaka.
- Chūgoku region: The region is in western Honshū. The largest city is Hiroshima.
- Shikoku region. The region covers all of the island of Shikoku. Matsuyama is the largest city in the region.
- Kyūshū region: It covers all of the island of Kyūshū. The largest city is Fukuoka.
- Ryukyu Islands: The largest city is Naha.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Geography" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 242.
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- Nussbaum, "Hokkaidō" at p. 343.
- Nussbaum, "Tohoku" at p. 971.
- Nussbaum, "Kantō" at pp. 478-479.
- Nussbaum, "Chūbu" at p. 126.
- Nussbaum, "Hokuriku" at p. 344.
- Nussbaum, "Kansai" at p. 477.
- Nussbaum, "Kinki" at p. 522.
- Nussbaum, "Chūgoku" at p. 127.
- Nussbaum, "Shikoku" at p. 857.
- Nussbaum, "Kyūshū" at p. 588.
- Nussbaum, "Ryukyu Islands" at p. 801.
- Nussbaum, "Okinawa" at p. 747.