List of islands of Japan

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The four main islands of Japan are

Japan also has over 6,000 smaller islands, of which over 430 are inhabited.[4]

List of smaller islands of Japan[edit]

Hokkaido prefecture[edit]

Islands off Honshu in the Sea of Japan[edit]

Islands in Tokyo Bay (artificial islands)[edit]

Islands in Osaka Bay (artificial islands)[edit]

Islands in Ise Bay[edit]

Islands in the Pacific Ocean[edit]

Islands around Kyushu[edit]

Most of these are located in the East China Sea.

Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shotō)[edit]

Satsunan Islands[edit]

The northern half is administratively part of Kagoshima Prefecture and Kyushu.

Ōsumi Islands[edit]

The North-Eastern Group:

The North-Western Group:

Tokara Islands[edit]

The Shichi-tō:

Amami Islands[edit]

Ryukyu Islands (Ryūkyū-shotō)[edit]

The Southern Half, Okinawa Prefecture

Okinawa Islands[edit]

The Central Group or Ryukyu proper:

Sakishima Islands[edit]

Also known as the Further Isles:

Islands in the Inland Sea[edit]

Islands in lakes[edit]

Other artificial islands[edit]

Claims but does not control[edit]

The Northern Territories[edit]

There are the four disputed Kuril Islands, also known as the Chishima Islands.[16]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Imperial Japanese Commission, pp. 3-4.
  2. ^ a b Imperial Japanese Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. (1903). Japan in the Beginning of the 20th century (Haruki Yamawaki, editor), p. 2.
  3. ^ Imperial Japanese Commission, pp. 2-3.
  4. ^ Look Japan, Vol. 43, Issues 493-504, p. 35; retrieved 2013-3-2.
  5. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Rishiri-tō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 791.
  6. ^ a b c d Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Sovereign and Subject, p. 332.
  7. ^ a b c d e Ponsonby-Fane, p. 331.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Nussbaum, "Izu Shotō" at p. 412.
  9. ^ Gotoh, H. et al. (2010). "Infrastructure Maintenance and Disaster Prevention Measures on Isolated Islands: the Case of the Izu Islands near Tokyo" in Island Sustainability (Favro, S., editor), p. 187.
  10. ^ Nussbaum, p. 412; Ponsonby-Fane, p. 332.
  11. ^ Nussbaum, "Ōshima" at p. 761.
  12. ^ Nussbaum, "Torishima" at p. 987.
  13. ^ a b c d Nussbaum, "Ogasawara Guntō" at p. 737.
  14. ^ Nussbaum, "Hashima" at p. 294.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Imperial Japanese Commission, p. 3.