List of regions of Japan

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Administrative divisions of Japan
Prefectural level
Prefectures
(都道府県 todōfuken)
Subprefectural level
Subprefectures
(支庁 shichō)


Districts
(郡 gun)

Municipal level
Designated cities
(政令指定都市 seirei-shitei-toshi)


Core cities
(中核市 chūkaku-shi)


Special cities
(特例市 tokurei-shi)


Cities
(市 shi)


Special wards (Tokyo)
(特別区 tokubetsu-ku)


Towns
(町 chō, machi)


Villages
(村 son, mura)

Sub-municipal level
Wards
(区 ku)

File:Regionen japans.png
Map of the regions of Japan. From north to south: Hokkaidō (red), Tohoku (green), Kantō (blue), Chūbu (brown), Kansai (teal), Chūgoku (green-yellow), Shikoku (pink) and Kyūshū (yellow).

The regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the regional division of Japan in a number of contexts. For instance, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions use their home region as part of their name (Kinki Nippon Railway, Chūgoku Bank, Tohoku University, etc.). While Japan has eight High Courts, their jurisdictions do not correspond to the eight regions below.

From north to south, the traditional regions are:

Each contains several prefectures, except the Hokkaidō region, which covers only Hokkaidō.

See also