Okayama Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Okayama Prefecture (岡山県, Okayama-ken) is a Japanese prefecture in the Chūgoku region of the island of Honshū.[1] The capital city is Okayama.[2]

Okayama
岡山県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiOkayama-ken
Official seal of Okayama
Location of Okayama in Japan
Location of Okayama in Japan
Country Japan
RegionChūgoku
IslandHonshū
CapitalOkayama (city)
Government
 • GovernorMasahiro Ishii
Area
 • Total7,112.32 km2 (2,746.08 sq mi)
Area rank15th
Population
 (October 2005)
 • Total1,957,056
 • Rank21st
 • Density280/km2 (710/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-33
Prefectural flowerPeach blossom (Prunus persica var. vulgaris)
Prefectural treeRed pine (Pinus densiflora)
Prefectural birdLesser cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus)
Number of districts10
Number of municipalities27
Websitewww.pref.okayama.jp/
kikaku/kokusai/momo/e/
Emblem of Okayama Prefecture.svg

HistoryEdit

During the Meiji Restoration, the area of Okayama Prefecture was known as Bitchū Province, Bizen Province and Mimasaka Province.[3]

GeographyEdit

Okayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture its the west, Tottori Prefecture on its north and Hiroshima Prefecture on its east. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku to the west across the Seto Inland Sea. The prefecture includes 90 islands.

CitiesEdit

There are 15 cities in Okayama Prefecture:

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Kibitsuhiko jinja and Kibitsu jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[5]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Okayama-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 745; "Chūgoku" at p. 127.
  2. Nussbaum, "Okayama" at p. 745.
  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 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-8-26.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Okayama prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°42′N 133°51′E / 34.700°N 133.850°E / 34.700; 133.850