Okayama Prefecture

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Okayama Prefecture
Japanese: 岡山県
Map of Japan with Okayama highlighted
Capital Okayama (city)
Region Chūgoku
Island Honshū
Governor Masahiro Ishii
Area (rank) 7,112.32 km² (15th)
 - % water 0.3%
Population  (October 2005)
 - Population 1,957,056 (21st)
 - Density 275 /km²
Districts 10
Municipalities 27
ISO 3166-2 JP-33
Website www.pref.okayama.jp/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Peach blossom (Prunus persica var. vulgaris)
 - Tree Red pine (Pinus densiflora)
 - Bird Lesser cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus)
 - Fish
Symbol of Okayama Prefecture
Symbol of Okayama Prefecture
Emblem of Okayama Prefecture.svg

Okayama Prefecture (岡山県, Okayama-ken) is a Japanese prefecture in the Chūgoku region of the island of Honshū.[1] The capital city is Okayama.[2]

History[change | change source]

During the Meiji Restoration, the area of Okayama Prefecture was known as Bitchū Province, Bizen Province and Mimasaka Province.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Okayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture its the west, Tottori Prefecture on its north and Hiroshima Prefecture on its east. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku to the west across the Seto Inland Sea. The prefecture includes 90 islands.

Cities[change | change source]

There are 15 cities in Okayama Prefecture:

National Parks[change | change source]

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Kibitsuhiko jinja and Kibitsu 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). "Okayama-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 745; "Chūgoku" at p. 127.
  2. Nussbaum, "Okayama" at p. 745.
  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 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-8-26.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Okayama prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°42′N 133°51′E / 34.700°N 133.850°E / 34.700; 133.850