Yamanashi Prefecture

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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.

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]

History[change | change source]

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

Timeline[change | change source]

Geography[change | change source]

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?]

Cities[change | change source]

Towns and Villages[change | change source]

Towns and villages in each district:

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

National Parks[change | change source]

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

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

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

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  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.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Yamanashi prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 35°37′N 138°37′E / 35.617°N 138.617°E / 35.617; 138.617