Prefectures of Japan Okayama


Prefectures of Japan Okayama

Prefectures of Japan Okayama

Okayama Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
• Japanese 岡山県
• Rōmaji Okayama-ken

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Prefectures of Japan Okayama

Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (Sanyō)
Island Honshu
Capital Okayama
Subdivisions Districts: 10, Municipalities: 27
• Governor Ryūta Ibaragi
• Total 7,114.50 km2 (2,746.92 sq mi)
Area rank 17th
Population (February 1, 2018)
• Total 1,906,464
• Rank 21st
• Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-33
Bird Lesser cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus)
Flower Peach blossom (Prunus persica var. vulgaris)
Tree Red pine (Pinus densiflora)

Prefectures of Japan Okayama

Okayama Prefecture (岡山県, Okayama-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region of Honshu.[1] Okayama Prefecture has a population of 1,906,464 (1 February 2018) and has a geographic area of 7,114 km2 (2,746 sq mi). Okayama Prefecture borders Tottori Prefecture to the north, Hyōgo Prefecture to the east, and Hiroshima Prefecture to the west.

Okayama is the capital and largest city of Okayama Prefecture, with other major cities including Kurashiki, Tsuyama, and Sōja.[2][3][4] Okayama Prefecture’s south is located on the Seto Inland Sea coast across from Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, which are connected by the Great Seto Bridge, while the north is characterized by the Chūgoku Mountains.


Prior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868–1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.


Okayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Hiroshima Prefecture.[3] It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.

Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population – more than half of the prefecture’s municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.[6]

As of 1 April 2014, 11% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Daisen-Oki and Setonaikai National Parks; the Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park; and seven Prefectural Natural Parks.


Fifteen cities are located in Okayama Prefecture:


Per Japanese census data,[8] and,[9] Okayama prefecture has had continual negative population growth since 2005

Historical population





Okayama University
Notre Dame Seishin University
Okayama University of Science
Okayama Shoka University
Sanyo Gakuen University
Shujitsu University


Okayama Gakuin University
Kurashiki Sakuyo University
Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare


Okayama Prefectural University


Mimasaka University


Niimi Public University

High schools

Okayama Ichinomiya Senior High School
Okayama Asahi Senior High School
Okayama Sozan Senior High School
Okayama Hosen Senior High School
Okayama Joto Senior High School
Okayama Sakuyo High School[10]
Kurashiki High School



JR West
Sanyo Shinkansen
Sanyo Line
Hakubi Line
Kibi Line
Ako Line
Uno Line
Kishin Line
Geibi Line
Imbi Line
JR West and JR Shikoku
Seto-Ōhashi Line
Honshi-bisan Line
Chizu Express
Ibara Railway
Mizushima Rinkai Railway


Okayama Electric Tramway



Sanyo Expressway
Chugoku Expressway
Seto Central Expressway
Yonago Expressway
Okayama Expressway
Tottori Expressway

National highways

Route 2 (Osaka-Kobe-Himeji-Bizen-Okayama-Kurashiki-Asakuchi-Onomichi-Hiroshima-Shunan-Shimonoseki-Kitakyushu)
Route 30 (Okayama-Uno-Takamatsu
Route 53 (Okayama-Tsuyama-Tottori)
Route 179
Route 180 (Okayama-Takahashi-Niimi)
Route 181 (Tsuyama-Maniwa-Yonago-Yasugi-Matsue)
Route 182
Route 183
Route 250 (Okayama-Setouchi-Ako-Aioi-Takasago-Akashi)
Route 313 (Fukuyama-Takahashi-Maniwa-Kurayoshi)
Route 373
Route 374
Route 429
Route 430
Route 482 (Kyotango-Toyooka-Wakasa-Kagamino-Maniwa-Kofu of Tottori
Route 484


Okayama Airport


Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery)
Bizen Osafune/Bitchu Aoe swords

Association with Momotarō legend

Okayama Prefecture is closely associated with the folklore hero, Momotarō. This tale is said to have roots in the legendary story of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and Ura which explains that the Prince Ura of Kudara used to live in Kinojo (castle of the devil) and was a cause of trouble for the people living in the village. The emperor’s government sent Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto (Momotarō) to defeat Ura. The city of Okayama holds an annual Momotarō-matsuri, or Momotarō Festival.


The sports teams listed below are based in Okayama.


Fagiano Okayama F.C. (Okayama city)
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. (Kurashiki)


Okayama Seagulls (Okayama city)


Some tourist attractions are:

Koraku-en Japanese garden in Okayama
Okayama Castle, Okayama
Ki Castle, Sōja
Shizutani School, Bizen
Bikan Historical Area (倉敷美観地区, Kurashiki Bikan Chiku), Kurashiki
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Takahashi
Kakuzan Park, Tsuyama
Bisei Astronomical Observatory (美星天文台, Bisei Tenmondai), Ibara Town (following dissolution of Bisei Town)
Maki-do Cave, in Niimi

Notable people

Shin Koyamada, Hollywood actor[12]
Yuko Arimori, marathon runner[13]
Go Ibuki , Japanese actor
Tesshō Genda, voice actor
Ryutaro Hashimoto, Hiranuma Kiichirō, Inukai Tsuyoshi, former Prime Ministers of Japan
Sen’ichi Hoshino, baseball manager
Koshi Inaba, singer
Ichiyo Izawa, pianist and former member of Tokyo Jihen
Shiro Kawase, Imperial Japanese Navy admiral
Yoshio Nishina, known as the Father of Physics in Japan
Yumeji Takehisa, famous and influential early 20th century artist
Sesshu Toyo, suiboku master
Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, boxer
Haruka Fukushima, manga artist
Masashi Kishimoto, manga artist and creator of Naruto[14]
Seishi Kishimoto, manga artist
Daisuke Takahashi, Olympic figure skater
Dorlis, jazz musician
Miyamoto Musashi, samurai
Megumi Fujii, MMA Fighter
Masaki Kajishima, creator of Tenchi Muyo!
Morihiro Hashimoto, darts player

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