Ibaraki Prefecture

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Ibaraki Prefecture
Japanese: 茨城県
Map of Japan with Ibaraki highlighted
Capital Mito
Region Kantō
Island Honshu
Governor Kazuhiko Ōigawa
Area (rank) 6,095.58 km² (23rd)
 - % water 4.8%
Population  (September 1, 2010)
 - Population 2,964,141 (11th)
 - Density 486.28 /km²
Districts 7
Municipalities 44
ISO 3166-2 JP-08
Website www.pref.ibaraki.jp
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Rose (Rosa)
 - Tree Ume tree (Prunus mume)
 - Bird Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
 - Fish
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
Flag of Ibaraki Prefecture.svg

Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県, Ibaraki-ken) is a prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital is Mito.[2]

History[change | change source]

In 1871, Ibaraki Prefecture was created from Hitachi Province.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Map of Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of Kantō. It is between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean. Fukushima Prefecture is its neighbor to the north and Chiba Prefecture is to the south. Saitama Prefecture is to the southwest. There are many mountains in the northern part of the prefecture. The rest of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.

Cities[change | change source]

There are thirty-two cities in Ibaraki Prefecture:

Towns and villages[change | change source]

Towns and villages in each district:


National Parks[change | change source]

National Parks are established in about 15% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Kashima jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ibaraki-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 367; "Kantō" at p. 479.
  2. Nussbaum, "Mito" at p. 642.
  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 2012-3-14.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-14.