Rikuchū Province

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Rikuchū Province

Rikuchū Province (陸中国 Rikuchū no kuni?) was an old province in the area of Iwate and Akita Prefectures.[1] It was sometimes called Rikushū (陸州?), with Rikuzen and Mutsu Provinces.

Rikuchu covered most of modern-day Iwate Prefecture: with the exceptions of Ninohe District, Ninohe City, the northern portion of Hachimantai City, and the northern portion of Kuzumaki Town; Kesen District, Rikuzentakata City, Ōfunato City, and the southern portion of Kamaishi City; but also including Kazuno City and Kosaka Town in Akita Prefecture.

Rikuchū was created shortly after the Meiji Restoration out of part of Mutsu Province.


  • December 7, 1868 (January 19, 1869 in the Gregorian calendar) Rikuchu Province is separated from Mutsu Province
  • 1872 A census estimates the population at 510,521

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