Map of Japanese provinces (1868
) with Kazusa Province highlighted
Kazusa Province was an old province of Japan in the area of Chiba Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was also known as Sōshū or Nansō.
The ancient capital city of the province was in or near Ichihara, Chiba.
View of Kazusa Province, woodblock print by Hokusai
Kazusa was originally part of a larger territory known as Fusa Province, which was divided into Kazusa Province and Shimōsa Province during the reign of Emperor Kōtoku (645-654). Part of Kazusa was made into Awa Province during the reign of Empress Genshō.
In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Kazusa Province were reformed in the 1870s. Tamasaki jinja was the chief Shinto shrine of Kazusa.
Images for kids
"Kazusa" in "The Famous Scenes of the Sixty States" depicting Kujūkuri Beach
Mt. Rokuso in Kazusa Province 1858
Fuji seen from Kazusa province across the bay from Edo 1858
People of Kazusa Province
People of Kazusa Province 1866