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

Echigo Province (越後国, Echigo no kuni) was an old province in Japan in the area of Niigata Prefecture on the island of Honshū.

The province had borders with Uzen, Iwashiro, Kōzuke, Shinano, and Etchū Provinces.


Hiroshige II Echigo Niigata
View of Echigo Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige II, 1859

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


Echigo faced the Sea of Japan.

Shrines and Temples

Iyahiko jinju and Koko jinja were the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) of Echigo.

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