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Ibaraki Prefecture
Japanese: 茨城県
Map of Japan with Ibaraki highlighted
Capital Mito
Region Kantō
Island Honshu
Governor Kazuhiko Ōigawa
Area (rank) 6,095.58 km² (23rd)
 - % water 4.8%
Population  (September 1, 2010)
 - Population 2,964,141 (11th)
 - Density 486.28 /km²
Districts 7
Municipalities 44
ISO 3166-2 JP-08
Website
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Rose (Rosa)
 - Tree Ume tree (Prunus mume)
 - Bird Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
 - Fish
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
Flag of Ibaraki Prefecture.svg

Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県 Ibaraki-ken) is a prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan on the island of Honshu. The capital is Mito.

History

In 1871, Ibaraki Prefecture was created from Hitachi Province.

Geography

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Map of Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of Kantō. It is between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean. Fukushima Prefecture is its neighbor to the north and Chiba Prefecture is to the south. Saitama Prefecture is to the southwest. There are many mountains in the northern part of the prefecture. The rest of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.

Cities

There are thirty-two cities in Ibaraki Prefecture:

  • Bandō
  • Chikusei
  • Hitachi
  • Hitachinaka
  • Hitachiōmiya
  • Hitachiōta
  • Hokota
  • Inashiki
  • Ishioka
  • Itako
  • Jōsō
  • Kamisu
  • Kasama
  • Kashima
  • Kasumigaura
  • Kitaibaraki
  • Koga
  • Mito (capital)
  • Moriya
  • Naka
  • Namegata
  • Omitama
  • Ryūgasaki
  • Sakuragawa
  • Shimotsuma
  • Takahagi
  • Toride
  • Tsuchiura
  • Tsukuba
  • Tsukubamirai
  • Ushiku
  • Yūki

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:

  • Higashiibaraki District
Ibaraki
Ōarai
Shirosato
  • Inashiki District
Ami
Kawachi
Miho
  • Kitasōma District
Tone
  • Kuji District
Daigo
  • Naka District
Tōkai
  • Sashima District
Goka
Sakai
  • Yūki District
Yachiyo

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 15% of the total land area of the prefecture.

Shrines and Temples

Kashima jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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