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Yamanashi Prefecture

one of 47 prefectures of Japan

Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県, Yamanashi-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is the city of Kōfu.[2]

Yamanashi Prefecture
Japanese: 山梨県
Yamanashi-ken
Map of Japan with Yamanashi highlighted
Capital Kōfu
Region Chūbu
Island Honshū
Governor Shōmei Yokouchi
Area (rank) 4,465.38 km² (32nd)
 - % water 1.3%
Population  (February 1, 2011)
 - Population 861,431 (41st)
 - Density 192.91 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 27
ISO 3166-2 JP-19
Website pref.yamanashi.jp
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Fujizakura (Sakura)
 - Tree Kaede (Japanese Maple)
 - Bird Uguisu (Bush Warbler)
 - Fish
Symbol of Yamanashi Prefecture
Symbol of Yamanashi Prefecture
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Map of Yamanashi Prefecture.

HistoryEdit

During the Heian period, Kai Province was created in this area[3] and it was re-named Yamanashi in the Meiji period.[1]

TimelineEdit

GeographyEdit

The borders of Yamanashi Prefecture are formed by Tokyo Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Nagano Prefecture.

The prefecture is landlocked with mountains surrounding the central Kōfu Basin.[source?]

Mount Fuji is on the southern border with Shizuoka.[source?]

CitiesEdit

Towns and VillagesEdit

Towns and villages in each district:

Kosuge
Tabayama
Hayakawa
Fujikawa
Minobu
Nambu
Dōshi
Fujikawaguchiko
Narusawa
Nishikatsura
Oshino
Yamanakako
Shōwa
Ichikawamisato

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 27% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Asama jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [6] Takeda jinja is related to "Takeda Shingen".

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Yamanashi-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1044; "Chūbu" at p. 126.
  2. Kofu City official website (English); retrieved 2011-11-29.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nussbaum, "Kai" at p. 448.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-8-28.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-8-28.

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