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Provinces of Japan-Awaji
Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Awaji Province highlighted

Awaji Province (淡路国, Awaji-no kuni, formerly 淡道) was a Japanese island province in the Seto Inland Sea near Hyōgo Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was sometimes called Tanshu (淡州).

Awaji Island is between Honshū and the island of Shikoku. Awaji means literally "Road to Awa". It was the route for traveling to Awa Province from the central part of Japan.


Kusakabe Kimbei 1218 Awaji-Shima
View of Awaji, photograph by Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部 金兵衛, 1841-1934)

In 764, Emperor Junnin was sent into exile on Awaji. He died on the island in 765. The former emperor was known as Awaji no Haitei.

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Awaji Province were reformed in the 1870s.

Shrines and Temples

Izanagi jinja was the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) of Awaji.

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