My mission is to travel to all 47 prefectures in Japan. I have also memorized the prefectural map of Japan by heart. ^^
In this post, I have included the prefecture breakdown of my blog posts by regions for your easy reference. For alphabetical order, you may refer to the right hand drop-down side bar, “Various Cheese”.
Come. Let’s study a little about Japan geography 101 today.
REGIONS OF JAPAN
Before moving on to the 47 prefectures, first please memorize the different regions of Japan by heart. Japan is made of 4 main islands – Hokkaido, Honshu (the main island), Shikoku and Kyushu.
Also, many people have mistaken popular cities like Kobe and Nagoya as a prefecture itself, and often have trouble finding the suitable categories. Here are some common cities and towns that people often mix up as prefectures:
Kobe – capital city of Hyogo Prefecture
Nagoya – capital city of Aichi Prefecture
Hakone – hotspring town in Kanagawa Prefecture
Yokohama – capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture
Also, Tokyo Disney Resorts are technically in Chiba prefecture, although I have categorized them under Tokyo.
Mt Fuji is sitting at the border of Yamanashi & Shizuoka Prefecture. Gotemba and Fuji Safari Park are in Shizuoka whereas Lake Kawaguchi and Fuji Q Highland belong to Yamanashi. So make sure you know which prefecture to check off, if you’re on the same mission as me! ^^
In Japanese, 47 Prefectures are called 47 Todōfuken (都道府県). Most prefectures are categorized as Ken (県) – prefecture. For example, in Japanese you refer Kanagawa Prefecture as “Kanagawa Ken” (神奈川県), Aomori Ken (青森県）, etc. However there are a few exceptions.
Hokkaido is a Dō (道) – territory. Technically, it is Hokkai Dō – Literally “Northern Sea Territory”
Tokyo is called a To (都) – metropolis
Osaka and Kyoto is called Fu – (府) province, as they were two of the oldest urban cities during Meiji period along with Edo (Tokyo). “Fu” was used to differentiate itself as an urban prefecture as opposed to “Ken”, a suburb prefecture. So in a way “Fu” is higher ranked in old times.
Another random fun fact – The governor of a prefecture is called a Chiji (知事). And my nick name is Japanese is Chījī. There was once I had a talk show about Kyoto with the presence of Kyoto’s Governor, there was a lot of confusion going on stage. It was awkward but very funny. Chiji VS Chījī (知事 VS 芝士, even in Chinese it is the same 😂).
That’s all about prefectural trivia! Let’s get into serious business!
Here’s the breakdown of my blog posts by regions and prefecture. I have covered 31 prefectures in blog posts (as of 25 Nov 2018), hopefully I will be able to link them all up soon enough!
Happy conquering your #47PrefectureMission! Let’s give Japan lots of love!