Yamaguchi Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県, Yamaguchi-ken) is a Japanese prefecture at the western end of the Chūgoku region on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is the city of Yamaguchi.[2]

Yamaguchi Prefecture
Japanese: 山口県
Map of Japan with Yamaguchi highlighted
Capital Yamaguchi
Region Chūgoku
Island Honshū
Governor Tsugumasa Muraoka
Area (rank) 6,110.94 km² (22nd)
 - % water 2.6%
Population  (May 1, 2011)
 - Population 1,445,702 (25th)
 - Density 236.58 /km²
Districts 4
Municipalities 19
ISO 3166-2 JP-35
Website www.pref.yamaguchi.lg.jp/foreign/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Bitter summer mandarin blossom (Citrus natsudaidai)
 - Tree Red pine tree (Pinus densiflora)
 - Bird Hooded Crane Grus monacha
 - Fish Tetraodontidae (Takifugu rubripes)
Symbol of Yamaguchi Prefecture
Symbol of Yamaguchi Prefecture
Emblem of Yamaguchi Prefecture.svg


The area of Yamaguchi Prefecture includes the old provinces of Suō and Nagato.[3]


Yamaguchi is at the southern end of Honshū. The Sea of Japan forms its northern coastline; and the Seto Inland Sea is on its southern coast. Its northeastern border meets Shimane Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture.


There are 13 cities in Yamaguchi, including

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 7% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

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

Notable people from YamaguchiEdit

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Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Yamaguchi-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 1039-1040; "Chūgoku" at p. 127.
  2. Nussbaum, "Yamaguchi" at p. 1039.
  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 2012-8-26.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-8-26.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Yamaguchi prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°4′N 131°30′E / 34.067°N 131.500°E / 34.067; 131.500