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Osaka Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Osaka Prefecture (大阪府, Ōsaka-fu) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital city is Osaka.[2]

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HistoryEdit

Osaka prefecture was created by merging the area of Kawachi Province, Izumi Province and Settsu Province.[3]

In 1994, the Kansai International Airport opened. This is one of the main international airport hubs of Japan.[4]

GeographyEdit

Osaka Prefecture has borders with Hyōgo Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture in the north. Nara is west of Osaka. Wakayama Prefecture shares the prefecture's southern border. The west faces Osaka Bay.

The Yodo River (淀川, Yodo-gawa) flows through the prefecture.[5]

CitiesEdit

 
Map of Osaka Prefecture.
 
Osaka Pref. Head Office

Thirty-three cities are located in Osaka Prefecture:

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[6]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Hiraoka jinja, Ōtori jina, and Sumiyoshi taisha are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[7]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Osaka-fu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 759; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Osaka" at p. 759.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MLIT), Kansai International Airport; retrieved 2012-1-20.
  5. Nussbaum, "Yodo-gawa" at p. 1053.
  6. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Osaka Prefecture at Wikimedia Commons