List of Japanese prefectures by area

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This is a list of Japanese prefectures by area.

For details of administrative divisions of Japan, see Prefectures of Japan.

Prefectures of Japan ranked by area as of October 1, 2011[edit]

Figures here are according to the official estimates of Japan.[1] Ranks are given by estimated areas. Undetermined areas here account for domestic boundary regions either in uncertainty or disuputed among Japanese prefectures.

Rank Prefecture Japanese Estimated
Area
(km²)[2]
Determined
Area
(km²)[3]
Undetermined
Area
(km²)[4]
Population Density
(/km²)[5]
Capital
1 Hokkaidō 北海道 83,457.00 83,457.00 5,485,952 65.73 Sapporo-shi
2 Iwate-ken 岩手県 15,278.89 15,278.89 1,314,076 86.01 Morioka-shi
3 Fukushima-ken 福島県 13,782.76 13,782.76 1,989,834 144.37 Fukushima-shi
4 Nagano-ken 長野県 13,562.23 13,104.95 457.28 2,142,167 157.95 Nagano-shi
5 Niigata-ken 新潟県 12,583.83 10,363.74 2,220.09 2,362,158 187.71 Niigata-shi
6 Akita-ken 秋田県 11,636.28 11,636.28 1,074,858 92.37 Akita-shi
7 Gifu-ken 岐阜県 10,621.17 9,768.20 852.97 2,070,908 194.98 Gifu-shi
8 Aomori-ken 青森県 9,644.55 9,644.55 1,362,820 141.30 Aomori-shi
9 Yamagata-ken 山形県 9,323.46 6,652.11 2,671.35 1,161,214 124.55 Yamagata-shi
10 Kagoshima-ken 鹿児島県 9,188.82 9,044.49 144.33 1,698,695 184.87 Kagoshima-shi
11 Hiroshima-ken 広島県 8,479.70 8,479.70 2,855,045 336.69 Hiroshima-shi
12 Hyōgo-ken 兵庫県 8,396.16 8,396.16 5,581,968 664.82 Kōbe-shi
13 Shizuoka-ken 静岡県 7,780.50 7,255.38 525.12 3,749,274 481.88 Shizuoka-shi
14 Miyazaki-ken 宮崎県 7,735.99 6,794.69 941.30 1,130,983 146.20 Miyazaki-shi
15 Kumamoto-ken 熊本県 7,404.79 7,267.83 136.96 1,812,575 244.78 Kumamoto-shi
16 Miyagi-ken 宮城県 7,285.77 6,862.12 423.65 2,326,735 319.35 Sendai-shi
17 Okayama-ken 岡山県 7,113.23 7,009.60 103.63 1,940,559 272.81 Okayama-shi
18 Kōchi-ken 高知県 7,105.16 7,105.16 758,469 106.75 Kōchi-shi
19 Shimane-ken 島根県 6,707.96 6,707.96 712,292 106.19 Matsue-shi
20 Tochigi-ken 栃木県 6,408.28 6,408.28 2,000,010 312.10 Utsunomiya-shi
21 Gunma-ken 群馬県 6,362.33 6,362.33 2,000,514 314.43 Maebashi-shi
22 Ōita-ken 大分県 6,339.74 5,099.57 1,240.17 1,191,430 187.93 Ōita-shi
23 Yamaguchi-ken 山口県 6,114.09 6,114.09 1,442,428 235.92 Yamaguchi-shi
24 Ibaraki-ken 茨城県 6,095.72 6,095.72 2,957,706 485.21 Mito-shi
25 Mie-ken 三重県 5,777.31 5,761.59 15.72 1,847,223 319.74 Tsu-shi
26 Ehime-ken 愛媛県 5,678.33 5,678.33 1,423,406 250.67 Matsuyama-shi
27 Aichi-ken 愛知県 5,165.12 5,116.20 48.92 7,416,336 1,435.85 Nagoya-shi
28 Chiba-ken 千葉県 5,156.61 5,081.92 74.69 6,214,148 1,205.08 Chiba-shi
29 Fukuoka-ken 福岡県 4,978.51 4,846.41 132.10 5,079,291 1,020.24 Fukuoka-shi
30 Wakayama-ken 和歌山県 4,726.29 4,726.29 995,010 210.53 Wakayama-shi
31 Kyōto-fu 京都府 4,613.21 4,613.21 2,631,671 570.46 Kyōto-shi
32 Yamanashi-ken 山梨県 4,465.37 4,201.17 264.20 857,459 192.02 Kōfu-shi
33 Toyama-ken 富山県 4,247.61 2,045.79 2,201.82 1,087,745 256.08 Toyama-shi
34 Fukui-ken 福井県 4,189.88 4,189.88 802,906 191.63 Fukui-shi
35 Ishikawa-ken 石川県 4,185.67 4,185.67 1,166,309 278.64 Kanazawa-shi
36 Tokushima-ken 徳島県 4,146.74 4,146.74 780,236 188.16 Tokushima-shi
37 Nagasaki-ken 長崎県 4,105.47 4,105.47 1,417,423 345.25 Nagasaki-shi
38 Shiga-ken 滋賀県 4,017.36 3,766.90 250.46 1,413,513 351.85 Ōtsu-shi
39 Saitama-ken 埼玉県 3,798.08 3,767.92 30.16 7,207,139 1,897.57 Saitama-shi
40 Nara-ken 奈良県 3,691.09 3,691.09 1,395,845 378.17 Nara-shi
41 Tottori-ken 鳥取県 3,507.28 3,507.28 585,494 166.94 Tottori-shi
42 Saga-ken 佐賀県 2,439.65 2,439.65 846,787 347.09 Saga-shi
43 Kanagawa-ken 神奈川県 2,415.86 2,415.86 9,058,094 3,749.43 Yokohama-shi
44 Okinawa-ken 沖縄県 2,276.49 2,276.49 1,401,066 615.45 Naha-shi
45 Tōkyō-to 東京都 2,188.67 2,103.97 84.70 13,195,974 6,029.22 Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to
46 Ōsaka-fu 大阪府 1,899.28 1,899.28 8,861,012 4,665.46 Ōsaka-shi
47 Kagawa-ken 香川県 1,876.55 1,862.32 14.23 991,947 528.60 Takamatsu-shi
Japan 日本国 377,954.84 365,120.99 12,833.85 127,798,704 338.13 Tōkyō

Prefectures of Japan ranked by area as of January 1, 1883[edit]

Native registered (本籍 honseki?) population for January 1, 1883 was calculated based on information of family registries (戸籍 koseki?).[6] Areas were calculated based on maps drawn by Inō Tadataka.[7] Ranks are given by estimated areas.

Rank Prefectures Japanese Estimated

Area
(hōri)[8]

Estimated

Area
(km²)

honseki

Population

Density

(/km²)

1 Sapporo-ken[9] 札幌県 3,245.51 50,057.03 61,144 1.22
2 Nemuro-ken[9] 根室県 2,335.28 36,018.12 5,642 0.16
3 Kagoshima-ken[10] 鹿児島県 1,089.65 16,806.19 1,291,586 76.85
4 Iwate-ken 岩手県 899.19 13,868.63 611,735 44.11
5 Fukushima-ken 福島県 884.33 13,639.44 840,241 61.60
6 Nagano-ken 長野県 853.76 13,167.94 1,033,969 78.52
7 Niigata-ken 新潟県 786.33 12,127.94 1,586,599 130.82
8 Akita-ken 秋田県 754.00 11,629.30 633,203 54.45
9 Gifu-ken 岐阜県 671.45 10,356.09 868,333 83.85
10 Aomori-ken 青森県 607.03 9,362.51 488,505 52.18
11 Yamagata-ken 山形県 600.15 9,256.40 695,533 75.14
12 Hyōgo-ken 兵庫県 556.68 8,585.94 1,433,355 166.94
13 Miyagi-ken 宮城県 540.79 8,340.86 633,194 75.91
14 Ishikawa-ken[11] 石川県 537.13 8,284.41 1,428,073 172.38
15 Hiroshima-ken 広島県 520.78 8,032.24 1,252,811 155.97
16 Hakodate-ken[9] 函館県 514.57 7,936.46 117,063 14.75
17 Shizuoka-ken 静岡県 503.82 7,770.65 985,881 126.87
18 Kumamoto-ken 熊本県 465.47 7,179.16 997,830 138.99
19 Kōchi-ken 高知県 454.72 7,013.36 549,184 78.31
20 Ehime-ken[12] 愛媛県 454.67 7,012.59 1,491,614 212.71
21 Shimane-ken 島根県 435.82 6,721.86 674,984 100.42
22 Okayama-ken 岡山県 420.98 6,492.97 1,029,567 158.57
23 Tochigi-ken 栃木県 411.77 6,350.92 609,000 95.89
24 Gunma-ken 群馬県 407.25 6,281.21 613,410 97.66
25 Ōita-ken 大分県 402.73 6,211.49 746,411 120.17
26 Nagasaki-ken[13] 長崎県 395.23 6,095.82 1,212,157 198.85
27 Yamaguchi-ken 山口県 389.99 6,015.00 897,370 149.19
28 Ibaraki-ken 茨城県 385.16 5,940.50 920,876 155.02
29 Mie-ken 三重県 368.55 5,684.32 870,137 153.08
30 Chiba-ken 千葉県 326.45 5,034.99 1,124,085 223.25
31 Fukuoka-ken 福岡県 317.81 4,901.73 1,128,289 230.18
32 Ōsaka-fu[14] 大阪府 317.14 4,891.40 1,585,696 324.18
33 Aichi-ken 愛知県 312.78 4,824.15 1,354,996 280.88
34 Wakayama-ken 和歌山県 310.62 4,790.84 610,182 127.36
35 Kyōto-fu 京都府 296.55 4,573.83 840,951 183.86
36 Yamanashi-ken 山梨県 289.85 4,470.49 410,246 91.77
37 Fukui-ken 福井県 272.40 4,201.35 582,210 138.58
38 Tokushima-ken 徳島県 271.28 4,184.08 649,616 155.26
39 Saitama-ken 埼玉県 265.84 4,100.18 970,598 236.72
40 Shiga-ken 滋賀県 258.44 3,986.04 639,961 160.55
41 Kanagawa-ken[15] 神奈川県 229.17 3,534.60 800,925 226.60
42 Tottori-ken 鳥取県 224.16 3,457.33 379,747 109.84
43 Okinawa-ken 沖縄県 156.91 2,420.10 360,770 149.07
44 Tōkyō-fu[15] 東京府 52.32 806.96 999,623 1,238.76
Japan 日本国 24,794.51 382,417.41 37,017,302 96.80

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Population estimates for October 1, 2011 are according to those reported by the Statistics Bureau of Japan. Area estimates for October 1, 2011 are according to those reported by the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan. See Area of Japanese Prefectures as of October 1, 2011 (Japanese only).
  2. ^ Expediential values estimated by the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, because of the uncertainty of boundaries. Area of Hokkaidō does not include the areas of islands of Habomai-guntō (99.94 km²), Shikotan-tō (253.33 km²), Kunashiri-tō (1498.83 km²) and Etorofu-tō (3184.04 km²) (including the attached islands). Area of Shimane-ken does not include the areas of Take-shima (0.21 km²).
  3. ^ Excludes undetermined (i.e. uncertain or disputed) areas.
  4. ^ The sum of prefectural undetermined areas for each prefecture doubles the total prefectural undetermined areas in Japan.
  5. ^ Population density of Hokkaidō is calculated excluding the areas of islands of Habomai-guntō, Shikotan-tō, Kunashiri-tō and Etorofu-tō (including the attached islands). Population density of Shimane-ken is calculated excluding the area of Take-shima. Population density of Japan is calculated excluding these areas.
  6. ^ According to Japan Household Tables for January 1, Meiji 16 (1883). See Digital Library at the National Diet Library of Japan
  7. ^ Accordinf to the 2nd Statistical Yearbook of the Empire of Japan (1883).
  8. ^ 1 square ri (方里 hōri?) = 15.4234711 km².
  9. ^ a b c Three prefectures of Sapporo-, Hakodate- and Nemuro-ken were united to Hokkaidō-chō (Hokkaidō Agency) on January 26, 1886.
  10. ^ Includes present-day Miyazaki-ken split from Kagoshima-ken on May 9, 1883.
  11. ^ Includes present-day Toyama-ken split from Ishikawa-ken on May 9, 1883.
  12. ^ Includes present-day Kagawa-ken split from Ehime-ken on December 3, 1888.
  13. ^ Includes present-day Saga-ken split from Nagasaki-ken on May 9, 1883.
  14. ^ Includes Nara-ken split from Ōsaka-fu on November 4, 1887.
  15. ^ a b Kanagawa-ken includes Three districts of Tama relegated from Kanagawa-ken to Tōkyō-fu on April 1, 1893.