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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Dewa Province highlighted

Dewa Province (出羽国, Dewa no kuni) is an old province of Japan in the area of Yamagata Prefecture and Akita Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was sometimes called Ushū (羽州).


1838-Tenpō Dewa Akita Province
Map of part of Dewa Province, 1838

In 708, Dewa-no kuni was separated from Echigo.

In 712, Dewa and Mutsu Province were reorganized

Shiba Kaneyori received the Dewa Province as a fief from Ashikaga Takauji in 1335.

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

Shrines and Temples

Ōmonoimi jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Dewa.

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