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Hiroshima Prefecture

Prefectures of Japan Hiroshima

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region of Honshu.[1] Hiroshima Prefecture has a population of 2,811,410 (1 June 2019) and has a geographic area of 8,479 km² (3,274 sq mi). Hiroshima Prefecture borders Okayama Prefecture to the east, Tottori Prefecture to the northeast, Shimane Prefecture to the north, and Yamaguchi Prefecture to the southwest.

Hiroshima is the capital and largest city of Hiroshima Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chūgoku region, with other major cities including Fukuyama, Kure, and Higashihiroshima.[2] Hiroshima Prefecture is located on the Seto Inland Sea across from the island of Shikoku, and is bounded to the north by the Chūgoku Mountains. Hiroshima Prefecture is one of the three prefectures of Japan with more than one UNESCO World Heritage site.

Prefectures of Japan Hiroshima

Hiroshima Prefecture


Japanese Shijitai transcription(s)
 • Japanese 廣島縣
 • Rōmaji Hiroshima-ken

Prefectures of Japan Hiroshima


Official logo of Hiroshima Prefecture

Location of Hiroshima Prefecture
Country 23px Flag of Japan.svg Japan
Region Chūgoku (San’yō)
Island Honshu
Capital Hiroshima
Subdivisions Districts: 5, Municipalities: 23


 • Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki (since November 2009)


 • Total 8,479.63 km2 (3,274.00 sq mi)
Area rank 11th


 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total 2,811,410
 • Rank 12th
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-34
Bird Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata)
Tree Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)


Prefectures of Japan Hiroshima

See also: Historic Sites of Hiroshima Prefecture

The area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province.[3] This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan’s recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.

Together with Nara and Tokyo, Hiroshima is one of the three prefectures with more than one UNESCO World Heritage site. The two such sites in Hiroshima Prefecture are:

The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;
The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to “float” during high tide.


Hiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Japan . Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.

The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea.[4] The prefecture also includes many small islands.

The sheltered nature of the Inland Sea makes Hiroshima’s climate very mild.

As of 1 April 2014, 4% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks (the lowest percentage of any prefecture), namely Setonaikai National Park; Hiba-Dōgo-Taishaku and Nishi-Chūgoku Sanchi Quasi-National Parks; and six Prefectural Natural Parks.[5]


Fourteen cities are located in Hiroshima Prefecture:

Name Area (km2) Population Map
Rōmaji Kanji
Flag of Akitakata, Hiroshima.svg Akitakata 安芸高田市 538.17 31,565 Akitakata in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Etajima Hiroshima.JPG Etajima 江田島市 100.97 24,596 Etajima in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Fuchu city, Hiroshima.svg Fuchū 府中市 195.71 43,932 Fuchu in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Fukuyama, Hiroshima.svg Fukuyama 福山市 518.14 468,812 Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Hatsukaichi.svg Hatsukaichi 廿日市市 489.36 117,106 Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima.svg Higashihiroshima 東広島市 635.32 185,418 Higashihiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Hiroshima, Hiroshima.svg Hiroshima (capital) 広島市 906.68 1,199,391 Hiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Kure, Hiroshima.svg Kure 呉市 352.8 228,030 Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Mihara, Hiroshima.svg Mihara 三原市 471.03 97,324 Mihara in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Miyoshi, Hiroshima.svg Miyoshi 三次市 778.19 53,616 Miyoshi in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Onomichi, Hiroshima.svg Onomichi 尾道市 284.85 141,811 Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Otake, Hiroshima.svg Ōtake 大竹市 78.57 27,684 Otake in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Shōbara, Hiroshima.svg Shōbara 庄原市 1,246.6 35,870 Shobara in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Takehara Hiroshima.JPG Takehara 竹原市 118.3 26,035 Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg


These are the towns in each district:

Name Area (km2) Population District Type Map
Rōmaji Kanji
Flag of Akiōta, Hiroshima.svg Akiōta 安芸太田町 342.25 6,585 Yamagata District Town Akiota in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Fuchū Town, Hiroshima.svg Fuchū 府中町 10.45 52,056 Aki District Fuchu town in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Jinsekigogen Hiroshima.JPG Jinsekikōgen 神石高原町 381.81 9,427 Jinseki District Jinsekikogen in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Kaita Hiroshima.JPG Kaita 海田町 13.81 29,082 Aki District Kaita in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Kitashiroshima, Hiroshima.svg Kitahiroshima 北広島町 645.86 19,115 Yamagata District Kitahiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Kumano Hiroshima.JPG Kumano 熊野町 33.62 24,000 Aki District Kumano in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Osakikamishima Hiroshima.JPG Ōsakikamijima 大崎上島町 43.24 7,801 Toyota District Osakikamijima in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Saka, Hiroshima.svg Saka 坂町 15.64 13,265 Aki District Saka in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg
Flag of Sera Hiroshima.svg Sera 世羅町 278.29 19,213 Sera District Sera in Hiroshima Prefecture Ja.svg



Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1890 1,319,507 —    
1903 1,508,713 +1.04%
1913 1,691,699 +1.15%
1920 1,541,905 −1.32%
1925 1,617,680 +0.96%
1930 1,692,136 +0.90%
1935 1,804,916 +1.30%
1940 1,869,504 +0.71%
1945 1,885,471 +0.17%
1950 2,081,967 +2.00%
1955 2,149,044 +0.64%
1960 2,184,043 +0.32%
1965 2,281,146 +0.87%
1970 2,436,135 +1.32%
1975 2,646,324 +1.67%
1980 2,739,161 +0.69%
1985 2,819,200 +0.58%
1990 2,849,847 +0.22%
1995 2,881,748 +0.22%
2000 2,878,915 −0.02%
2005 2,876,642 −0.02%
2010 2,860,750 −0.11%
2015 2,844,963 −0.11%

Hiroshima’s main industries include automobiles (Mazda is headquartered there) and tourism in two World Heritage sites: the A-Bomb dome and Itsukushima Shrine.

Components of the economy are primary industry, secondary industry, and tertiary industry, which compose 0.6%, 32.6%, and 66.2% in 2015. There is 0.6% of unclassified production.[7]

Value of production of manufacturing is 10,343 billion yen in 2016, which is the 10th largest in Japan. After 2012, production of manufacturing is continuously increasing in 2015.[8]


The prefecture’s population was 2,101,969, as of 1 September 2007, with approximately 1.8 million people in the cities and the rest in towns and villages.[23] The percentage of male and female residents is 48.4% and 51.6%, respectively.[23] 14.4% of the population is no more than 14 years old, with 22.1% of the population being at least 65 years old.[23]

According to Japan’s census, the country’s center of population is located in Gifu Prefecture. In 2000, it was located in the former town of Mugi, which has since merged with Seki. In the most recent census in 2005, the center of population has moved slightly more to the east, but is still located within Gifu.


Religious denominations in the Hiroshima Prefecture (1996)[9]

  Pure Land Buddhism (35.3%)
  Zen Buddhism (3.6%)
  Tendai or Shingon Buddhism (4.4%)
  Soka Gakkai (4.9%)
  Nichiren Buddhism (3%)
  Other Buddhist schools (1%)
  Christianity (2%)
  Shinto sects (2%)
  Folk Shinto or no religion (44.8%)

Similar to the rest of Japan, most people in the Hiroshima Prefecture are Shinto or Buddhist. in 1996 51.2% of the population was Buddhist, 2 were affiliated with Shinto Sects, 44.8% practiced Folk Shinto, and 2% were Christian.[9]



People movers




National highways

  • Route 2
  • Route 31
  • Route 54
  • Route 182
  • Route 183
  • Route 185
  • Route 186
  • Route 191
  • Route 261
  • Route 313
  • Route 314
  • Route 317
  • Route 375
  • Route 432
  • Route 433
  • Route 434
  • Route 486
  • Route 487
  • Route 488


  • Kure Port – Ferry route to Edajima, Matsuyama
  • Hiroshima Port – Ferry route to Miyajima, Edajima, Matsuyama and Beppu, and also International Container hub port
  • Mihara Port
  • Onomichi Port
  • Fukuyama Port – International Container hub port



220px MAZDA Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima

The sports teams listed below are based in Hiroshima.





Notable people

Chie Aoki, sculptor
Junji Ito, mangaka
Tsuyoshi Makino, author and social activist
Teiji Takagi, mathematician


Famous festivals and events

  • Onomichi Port Festival – held in April
  • Hiroshima Flower Festival – held from May 3 to 5
  • Fukuyama Rose Festival – held in May
  • Enryuji Tokasan Festival – held in June
  • Gion Festival of Onomichi – held in July
  • Innoshima Water-naval Festival – held in August
  • Miyajima Under-water Firework Festival – held on August 14
  • Yassa Festival of Mihara – held in August
  • Saijo Sake Festival – held in October
  • Onomichi Becher Festival – held on November 3
  • Hiroshima Ebisu Festival – held from November 18 to 20

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