Geography of Japan


The territory of modern Japan was colonized throughout its history. Thus for a long time Japan was divided and the separate parts of the country lived its own life. We should not forget that Japan is located in several climatic zones.

All this provides considerable climatic, natural and cultural diversity of the country. Each region and each Prefecture is different from other sights, cuisine, dialect of the Japanese language. On this page we describe the features of each of the eight regions of the country.

The capitals of prefectures, except where noted, are the same city.

Attention! We remind you that traditional Japanese transcription of geographical names differ somewhat from the system Polivanova (attack or defense ). In particular, in the geographical system of transcription “e” after consonant is replaced by “e” . and “e” at the beginning of words is replaced with “yo” .

District Hokkaido

The area of Hokkaido is one Prefecture of the same name and is the northernmost of the large Japanese Islands that bears the same name. The capital of the Prefecture is the city of Sapporo .

Hokkaido is the northernmost Japanese Prefecture. Here the coldest winters in Japan. Average winter temperature in Hokkaido is minus 6°. Continue reading

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