The Koshikijima Islands (甑島列島 Koshikijima-rettō?) in the East China Sea are an island chain that belongs to the city of Satsumasendai, Kagoshima, Japan. They are located 38 km west of the port city of Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima.
- Kami-Koshiki-jima (上甑島), located northward. Area: 45.08 km²
- Naka-Koshiki-jima (中甑島), located near center. Area: 7.29 km²
- Shimo-Koshiki-jima (下甑島), located southward. Area: 66.27 km²
- No-jima (野島)
- Chika-jima (近島)
- Futago-jima (双子島)
Total area: 118.68 km²
The islands once consisted of 14 villages, belonging to Shikijima-gun, Satsuma Province (Satsuma no Kuni) during the Meiji period. In 1889, the islands were consolidated into Kami-Koshiki and Shimo-Koshiki villages. In 1897, the islands were merged with Satsuma-gun. Later, Kashima village and Sato village broke off, totalling in 4 villages. In 2004, during "the great Heisei merger", the villages were merged with Sendai, a city that exists on the main island of Kyūshū.
- Teikoku's Complete Atlas of Japan, Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. Tokyo, ISBN 4-8071-0004-1
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