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Map of island of Hokkaido with Kitami Province highlighted, c. 1869. Green highlighted area is Abashiri District which was added c. 1881

Kitami Province was a old province of Japan on the island of Hokkaido. The history of the province started in 1869 and ended in 1882.

The boundaries of this ancient province are generally mirrored in what are today called Sōya Subprefecture and Abashiri Subprefecture.


Further information: Former Provinces of Hokkaidō

After 1869, the northern Japanese island was known as Hokkaido. Regional subdivisions were established. Kitami Province was one of the new entities which were created in 1869.

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. he maps of Japan including Kitami Province were reformed in the 1870s. In 1882, Kitami and the other ten provinces of Hokkaido were reorganized as Hakodate Prefecture, Sapporo Prefecture and Nemuro Prefecture.

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