Kagawa Prefecture

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Kagawa
香川県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiKagawa-ken
Official seal of Kagawa
Location of Kagawa in Japan
Location of Kagawa in Japan
Country Japan
RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalTakamatsu
Government
 • GovernorKeizo Hamada
Area
 • Total1,861.70 km2 (718.81 sq mi)
Area rank47th
Population
 (December 1, 2010)
 • Total995,465
 • Rank40th
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-37
Prefectural flowerOlive (Olea europaea)
Prefectural treeOlive (Olea europaea)
Prefectural birdOriental cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus)
Number of districts5
Number of municipalities17
Websitewww.pref.kagawa.jp
Flag of Kagawa Prefecture.svg

Kagawa Prefecture (香川県, Kagawa-ken) is a prefecture in the Shikoku region of Japan on the island of Shikoku.[1] The capital city is Takamatsu.[2]

History[change | change source]

Kagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.[3]

Drought is common in Kagawa history. For example, in 1973 the region was called "the Takamatsu desert".[4]

Geography[change | change source]

Kagawa is in the northeast part of Shikoku. The prefecture borders Ehime Prefecture in the southwest. Tokushima Prefecture is in the south. Kagawa has a coastline with many small islands on the Seto Inland Sea across from Okayama Prefecture.

The prefecture built 17 dams between 1947 and 1974.[4]

Cities[change | change source]

Towns[change | change source]

Towns and villages in each district:

Ayagawa
Utazu
Naoshima
Miki
Kotohira
Mannō
Tadotsu
Shōdoshima
Tonoshō

National Parks[change | change source]

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Tamura jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [6]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Kagawa prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 446; Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Kagawa Prefecture, Regional Information Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-6.
  2. Nussbaum, "Takamatsu" at p. 934.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Berga, L. (2006). Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century, Vol. 1, p. 41.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-9.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Kagawa prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°16′N 133°57′E / 34.267°N 133.950°E / 34.267; 133.950