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Fukuoka Prefecture
Japanese: 福岡県
Fukuoka-ken
Map of Japan with Fukuoka highlighted
Capital Fukuoka
Region Kyūshū (Saikaidō)
Island Kyūshū
Governor Hiroshi Ogawa (since April 2011)
Area (rank) 4,971.01 km² (29th)
 - % water 2.3%
Population  (September 1, 2010)
 - Population 5,071,732 (9th)
 - Density 1,020.26 /km²
Districts 12
Municipalities 60
ISO 3166-2 JP-40
Website www.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/somu/
multilingual/english/top.html
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Ume blossom (Prunus mume)
 - Tree Azalea (Rhododendron tsutsusi)
 - Bird Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone)
 - Fish
Symbol of Fukuoka Prefecture
Symbol of Fukuoka Prefecture
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Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken) is a prefecture in the Kyūshū region of Japan on the island of Kyūshū. The capital city is Fukuoka.

History

The area of Fukuoka Prefecture includes the old provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.

Timeline

  • November 19, 1274 (Bun'ei 11, 20th day of the 10th month): Battle of Bun'ei
  • August 15, 1281 (Kōan 4, 30th day of the 7th month): Battle of Kōan

Geography

Fukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides. The prefecture borders Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures. Fukuoka is near Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.

Fukuoka includes the two largest cities on Kyūshū, Fukuoka and Kitakyūshū. Small islands are near the north coast of the prefecture.

Cities

There are 28 cities in the prefecture:

  • Fukuoka (capital)
    • Chūō-ku
    • Hakata-ku
    • Higashi-ku
    • Jonan-ku
    • Minami-ku
    • Nishi-ku
    • Sawara-ku
  • Kitakyūshū
    • Kokurakita-ku
    • Kokuraminami-ku
    • Moji-ku
    • Tobata-ku
    • Wakamatsu-ku
    • Yahatahigashi-ku
    • Yahatanishi-ku

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district of the prefecture

  • Asakura District
  • Chikujō District
  • Chikushi District
    • Nakagawa
  • Kaho District
    • Keisen
  • Kasuya District
    • Hisayama
    • Kasuya
    • Sasaguri
    • Shime
    • Shingū
    • Sue
    • Umi
  • Kurate District
    • Kotake
    • Kurate
  • Mii District
    • Tachiarai
  • Miyako District
    • Kanda
    • Miyako
  • Mizuma District
    • Ōki
  • Onga District
    • Ashiya
    • Mizumaki
    • Okagaki
    • Onga
  • Tagawa District
    • Aka
    • Fukuchi
    • Itoda
    • Kawara
    • Kawasaki
    • Ōtō
    • Soeda
  • Yame District
    • Hirokawa

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 18% of the total land area of the prefecture.

Shrines and Temples

Kōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, Hakosagi-gū and Usa-jinjū are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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