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Wakayama Prefecture
Japanese: 和歌山県
Wakayama-ken
Map of Japan with Wakayama highlighted
Capital Wakayama
Region Kansai
Island Honshū
Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka
Area (rank) 4,725.67 km² (30th)
 - % water 0.04%
Population  (April 1, 2012)
 - Population 989,983 (39th)
 - Density 209.49 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 30
ISO 3166-2 JP-30
Website www.wakayama.lg.jp/
english/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Ume blossom (Prunus mume)
 - Tree Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)
 - Bird Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)
 - Fish
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture
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Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県 Wakayama-ken) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshū. The capital is the city of Wakayama. Wakayama Prefecture is surrounded by Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture.

History

In the Meiji period, Wakayama Prefecture was created from the western part of Kii Province.

Geography

Wakayama's southwestern coastline faces the Seto Inland Sea and its southeastern coastline is on the Pacific Ocean. The northern borders of the prefecture meet Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Mie Prefecture.

Cities

There are nine cities in Wakayama Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:

  • Arida District
    • Aridagawa
    • Hirogawa
    • Yuasa
  • Hidaka District
    • Hidaka
    • Inami
    • Hidakagawa
    • Mihama
    • Minabe
    • Yura
  • Higashimuro District
    • Kitayama
    • Kozagawa
    • Kushimoto
    • Nachikatsuura
    • Taiji
  • Ito District
    • Katsuragi
    • Kōya
    • Kudoyama
  • Kaisō District
    • Kimino
  • Nishimuro District

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.

Shrines and Temples

Hinokuma-kunikakasu jinjū is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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