Nagasaki Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県, Nagasaki-ken) is a prefecture in Japan on the island of Kyūshū.[1] The capital city is Nagasaki.[2]

Nagasaki
長崎県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiNagasaki-ken
Flag of Nagasaki
Official seal of Nagasaki
Location of Nagasaki in Japan
Location of Nagasaki in Japan
Coordinates: 32°58′N 129°48′E / 32.967°N 129.800°E / 32.967; 129.800
Country Japan
RegionKyushu (Saikaidō)
IslandKyūshū
CapitalNagasaki
Government
 • GovernorHodo Nakamura (since March 2010)
Area
 • Total4,104.48 km2 (1,584.75 sq mi)
 • Rank37th
Population
 (2009)
 • Total1,440,727
 • Rank26th
 • Density350/km2 (910/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-42
Prefectural flowerUnzentsutsuji (Rhododendron serpyllifolium)
Prefectural treeSawara (Chamaecyparis pisifera)
Prefectural birdMandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Number of districts4
Number of municipalities21
Websitewww.pref.nagasaki.jp/en/

History

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Nagasaki Prefecture was created by merging the western half of the old provinces of Hizen Province with the islands of Tsushima Province and Iki Province.[3]

Geography

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Nagasaki is on the western coast of the island of Kyūshū. The southwest coastline faces the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. Saga Prefecture is on its eastern border.

The prefecture has 505 islands with no people living on them.[4]

Cities

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National Parks

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National Parks are established in about 18% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5]

Shrines and Temples

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Chiriku Hachiman-gū,[6] Amanotanagoa jinja and Kaijin jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[7]

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References

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  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Nagasaki prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 683; Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Nagasaki Prefecture, Regional Information; retrieved 2012-4-6.
  2. Nussbaum, "Nagasaki" at p. 683.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Frater, Jamie. (2009). The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists: A Mind-Boggling Collection of Fun, p. 697.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  6. "Hachiman Shinkō," Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine Encyclopedia of Shinto; retrieved 2012-2-3.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-3.

Other websites

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  Media related to Nagasaki prefecture at Wikimedia Commons