Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県, Wakayama-ken) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshū. The capital is the city of Wakayama. Wakayama Prefecture is surrounded by Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture.
|• Governor||Yoshinobu Nisaka|
|• Total||4,725.67 km2 (1,824.59 sq mi)|
(April 1, 2012)
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-30|
|Prefectural flower||Ume blossom (Prunus mume)|
|Prefectural tree||Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)|
|Prefectural bird||Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)|
|Number of districts||6|
|Number of municipalities||30|
In the Meiji period, Wakayama Prefecture was created from the western part of Kii Province.
Wakayama's southwestern coastline faces the Seto Inland Sea and its southeastern coastline is on the Pacific Ocean. The northern borders of the prefecture meet Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Mie Prefecture.
There are nine cities in Wakayama Prefecture:
Towns and villagesEdit
These are the towns and villages in each district:
National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.
Shrines and TemplesEdit
Hinokuma-kunikakasu jinjū is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.
- ↑ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Wakayama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1026; "Kansai" at p. 477.
- ↑ Nussbaum, "Wakayama" at p. 1025.
- ↑ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
- ↑ Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
- ↑ "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-13.
Media related to Wakayama prefecture at Wikimedia Commons
- Wakayama Prefecture website Archived 2005-11-09 at the Wayback Machine