Chikuzen Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Chikuzen Province highlighted

Chikuzen Province (筑前国 Chikuzen no kuni?) was an old province of Japan in the area that is today part of Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū.[1] Along with Chikugo Province, it was sometimes called Chikushū (筑州?).

Chikuzen had borders with Buzen, Bungo, Chikugo, and Hizen Provinces.

The ancient capital city of the province was near Dazaifu.

History[change | change source]

At the end of the 13th century, Chikuzen was the landing point for a Mongol invasion force. But the main force was destroyed by a typhoon which was later called kamikaze.

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. Maps of Japan and Chikuzen Province were reformed in the 1870s.[2]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Sumiyoshi jinja

Sumiyoshi-jinja and Hakosagi-gū were the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) of Chikuzen.[3]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Chikuzen" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 114.
  2. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  3. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; retrieved 2012-1-18.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Chikuzen Province at Wikimedia Commons