Wakayama Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県, Wakayama-ken) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is the city of Wakayama.[2] Wakayama Prefecture is surrounded by Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture.

Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiWakayama-ken
Flag of Wakayama
Official seal of Wakayama
Location of Wakayama in Japan
Location of Wakayama in Japan
Coordinates: 34°13′33.7″N 135°10′3.0″E / 34.226028°N 135.167500°E / 34.226028; 135.167500
Country Japan
 • GovernorYoshinobu Nisaka
 • Total4,725.67 km2 (1,824.59 sq mi)
 • Rank30th
 (April 1, 2012)
 • Total989,983
 • Rank39th
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-30
Prefectural flowerUme blossom (Prunus mume)
Prefectural treeUbame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)
Prefectural birdJapanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)
Number of districts6
Number of municipalities30

History change

In the Meiji period, Wakayama Prefecture was created from the western part of Kii Province.[3]

Geography change

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.

Cities change

There are nine cities in Wakayama Prefecture:

Towns and villages change

These are the towns and villages in each district:

National Parks change

National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples change

Hinokuma-kunikakasu jinjū is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[5]

Related pages change

References change

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Wakayama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1026; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Wakayama" at p. 1025.
  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 2012-3-13.

Other websites change

  Media related to Wakayama prefecture at Wikimedia Commons