Wakayama Prefecture

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Wakayama Prefecture
Japanese: 和歌山県
Map of Japan with Wakayama highlighted
Capital Wakayama
Region Kansai
Island Honshū
Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka
Area (rank) 4,725.67 km² (30th)
 - % water 0.04%
Population  (April 1, 2012)
 - Population 989,983 (39th)
 - Density 209.49 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 30
ISO 3166-2 JP-30
Website www.wakayama.lg.jp/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Ume blossom (Prunus mume)
 - Tree Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)
 - Bird Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)
 - Fish
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県 Wakayama-ken?) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is the city of Wakayama.[2] Wakayama Prefecture is surrounded by Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture.

History[change | edit source]

In the Meiji period, Wakayama Prefecture was created from the western part of Kii Province.[3]

Geography[change | edit source]

Wakayama's southwestern coastline faces the Seto Inland Sea and its southeastern coastline is on the Pacific Ocean. The northern borders of the prefecture meet Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Mie Prefecture.

Cities[change | edit source]

There are nine cities in Wakayama Prefecture:

Towns and villages[change | edit source]

These are the towns and villages in each district:

National Parks[change | edit source]

National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | edit source]

Hinokuma-kunikakasu jinjū is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[5]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Wakayama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1026; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Wakayama" at p. 1025.
  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; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Wakayama Prefecture at Wikimedia Commons