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Discover Japan's forty-seven prefectures in a beautifully concise and modern format.
Explore the interactive maps, welcome guide and hyperlinks. Discover the symbolism behind the prefectural flags. Listen to the prefectural anthems. Tap through slideshows for an animated guide to each prefecture's size, shape and location. Wish you could launch a prefecture in a map database? Choose from Apple Maps or Google Maps.
Curious about all the prefectural symbols? Interested in professional sport teams or local specialities? Looking for popular attractions? Want to attend traditional festivals? Need transportation for international and domestic travel? Tap any of the 16 pop-over buttons to access a plethora of information and more hyperlinks to Wikipedia articles and third-party websites than you could ever imagine!
Japan 47 is your starting point to Japan. Get the facts, stats, recommendations and resources. Japan starts here!
Japan's 47 administrative divisions are called prefectures and they're grouped into 8 regions and 4 main islands. Learn about each prefecture’s size, shape and location. Explore the prefectural flags, anthems, symbols and professional sport teams. Discover popular destinations, attractions, local specialities and traditional festivals. Know the options for getting to, from and around each prefecture. In just a short time, you'll have a more intimate understanding of Japanese culture!
4 Main Islands
Japan's Flags & Seals
Japan's Location, Climate & Terrain
Communication in Japan
Money in Japan
Japan's National Anthem
Japan's National Tree (Unofficial)
Japan's National Flower (Unofficial)
Japan's National Bird (Unofficial)
Japan's National Holidays (2017)
Prefectural Flag Descriptions
Prefectural Area & Population
Prefectural Locations in Apple Maps & Google
Did You Know?
Prefectural Sister Cities
Prefectural Bird Symbols
Prefectural Flower Symbols
Prefectural Tree Symbols
Domestic & International Transportation
Prefectural Government Websites
Prefectural Tourism Websites
Professional Baseball Teams
Professional Soccer Teams
Imagine you’re planning a trip to Kyōto. You don’t have much time, so you want to travel efficiently. Tap Welcome Guide. Tap Money to find out about how to access ATMs in Japan. Then, tap Food to find out some common Japanese foods. Next, tap Ōsaka. Tap Transportation. Tap Kansai International Airport (KIX) to visit the airport's website for information on getting to Kyōto. After that, tap Kinki Region. Tap Kyōto to learn about the prefecture and start planning your itinerary.
Imagine you have a business meeting in Tokyo with your foreign counterpart. Tap Welcome Guide. Tap Entering Japan for essential information and online resources. Then, tap Tokyo. Tap Transportation. Tap JR East. From JR's website, you'll find out how to get to Tokyo from the airport. Next, read the Flag and Symbol Description and Did You Know? to use for small talk when you arrive. Show your foreign counterpart that you're interested in Japan and interested in him, too!
Imagine your studying about Japan or learning Japanese. Want to know about Japan's geography? Tap the slideshows for an animated guide to each prefecture's size, shape and location. Want to practice speaking Japanese? Below every red link is the equivalent in romaji and Japanese. Need some some music for the commute? Tap the prefectural anthems. Some anthems are catchy like Hokkaido's Hokkai Accompaniment.
Imagine you just moved to Fukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture. You're not sure how to dispose of your garbage and you want to know when pickup is scheduled every week. Tap Fukuoka. Tap Information. Tap Government. Tap Fukuoka Prefectural Government. From the government's website, you'll learn how to dispose of your garbage.
Imagine visiting your in-laws in Japan and imagine they live in Shimane Prefecture. Tap Shimane. Tap Cities. Scroll down to their city. Tap Nita. Read the Wikipedia article about Nita. Then, return to Shimane Prefecture. Tap Specialities. Tap Izumo Soba Noodle Dish and read the description online. Now, when you arrive, you'll be familiar with your in-laws city and be able to suggest lunch. Show your in-laws that you're interested in Japan and interested in them, too!
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