How many prefectures in Japan do you know and have you visited ? / 47都道府県 in Japan


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Have you been to Japan before?

If yes, how many prefectures in Japan do you know and how many prefectures have you visited?

Prefectures are one of the basic entities of Japan. There are 47 subdivisions in Japan.

If you know all prefectures or you have visited all prefectures, you are definitely Japan mania!

I believe there are few Japanese to visit all prefectures.

I am from Oita prefecture in Kyushu district and counted how many prefectures I visited before. The number is 43!

I have not visited Yamagata(山形県), Ishikawa(石川県), Fukui(福井県) and Tokushima(徳島県). 

I love travelling and had lots of business trips before. That’s why I could count many prefectures.

Most of non-Japanese know Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hokkaido.

Let’s see prefectures in Japan in next part. Which prefecture do you like?


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47 都道府県(47 prefectures

These are maps of Japan showing 47 prefectures with its specialty such as food and customs there.

There are various features in each prefecture different from other prefectures in terms of culture, customs, language (dialect), climate, geography, food, industry, population etc.

For example, Hokkaido locates in north of Japan. Climate in Hokkaido is very cold and snowy. It’s well known for dairy and farming.

On the other hand, Okinawa locates in south of Japan. Climate in Okinawa is very hot and it rarely snows. Its dialect is very unique and Japanese from other area sometimes cannot understand what they speak.


How many prefectures do you know? (I don’t know what さるぼぼ in Gifu!)

I summarize the prefecture name, which district they belong and their specialty as below.

Prefecture name Prefecture name in En Specialty District
北海道 Hokkaido メロン Melon 北海道
青森 Aomori りんご Apple 東北
岩手 Iwate わんこそば Wanko-Soba 東北
秋田 Akita なまはげ Namahage 東北
宮城 Miyagi ぎゅうタン Beef tongue cuisine 東北
山形 Yamagata さくらんぼ Cherry 東北
福島 Fukushima あかべこ Red cow 東北
東京 Tokyo とうきょうタワー Tokyo tower 関東
神奈川 Kanagawa しゅうまい Chinese dumpling 関東
千葉 Chiba らっかせい Peanuts 関東
埼玉 Saitama そうかせんべい Rice cracker 関東
茨城 Ibaraki なっとう Natto 関東
群馬 Gunma だるま Daruma doll 関東
栃木 Tochigi いちご Strawberry 関東
長野 Nagano しんしゅうそば Soba 中部
山梨 Yamanashi ぶどう Grapes 中部
新潟 Niigata おこめ Rice 中部
富山 Toyama ほたるいか Firefly Squid 中部
石川 Ishikawa わじまぬり Lacquer ware 中部
福井 Fukui  かに Crab 中部
静岡 Shizuoka おちゃ Green tea 中部
愛知 Aichi しゃちほこ Fabulous dolphin-like fish 中部
岐阜 Gifu さるぼぼ Monkey kid 中部
滋賀 Shiga びわこ Lake Biwa 近畿
三重 Mie しんじゅ Pearl 近畿
奈良 Nara しか Deer 近畿
京都 Kyoto まいこ Maiko 近畿
大阪 Osaka たこやき Octopus ball 近畿
和歌山 Wakayama うめぼし Sour plum 近畿
兵庫 Hyogo たこ Octopus 近畿
鳥取 Tottori なし Pear 中国
島根 Shimane しじみ Clam 中国
岡山 Okayama もも Peach 中国
広島 Hiroshima いつくしまじんじゃ Shrine 中国
山口 Yamaguchi ふぐ Blowfish 中国
香川 Kagawa さぬきうどん Udon noodle 四国
徳島 Tokushima あわおどり Awa Dance 四国
愛媛 Ehime いよかん Tangerine 四国
高知 Kouchi かつお Bonito 四国
福岡 Fukuoka めんたいこ Spicy fish eggs 九州
大分 Oita おんせん Hot spring 九州
佐賀 Saga ありたやき Arita porcelain 九州
長崎 Nagasaki カステラ Castella cake 九州
熊本 Kumamoto スイカ Water melon 九州
宮崎 Miyazaki マンゴー Mango 九州
鹿児島 Kagoshima さつまいも Sweet potato 九州
沖縄 Okinawa シーサー Lion dog statue 沖縄

I found there are many fruits in their specialty.

It’s interesting, isn’t it? Japan has long land (island) from north to south.

Fruits and vegetable grow in their best environment, for example, melon and apple grow in cold climate but  sweet potato grow in warm climate.

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