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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Yamato Province highlighted.

Yamato Province (大和国, Yamato no Kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of Nara Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was also called Washū (和州).

The ancient capital city of the province was Wakigami in Katsujō District. When the capital of Japan was moved to Heijō-kyō, the capital of the province was established in Takaichi District. The exact locations are not known.


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View of Yamato Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1853

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. Maps of Japan and Yamato Province were reformed in the 1870s.

The battleship Yamato was named after this ancient province. The Yamato was the flagship of the Imperial Japanese Navy fleet during World War II,

Shrines and Temples

Ōmiwa jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Yamato.

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