Okayama Prefecture

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Okayama Prefecture (岡山県; Okayama-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. The capital is the city of Okayama.



Okayama Prefecture was formerly divided into Bitchu Province, Bizen Province, and Mimasaka Province until the Meiji Restoration.


Okayama Prefecture borders Hyogo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture. 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, and the northern mountains are declining in population.


Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district.

Mergers and changes of municipalities

Merger: Takahashi (1 October 2004)

The city of Takahashi and the towns of Ukan, Nariwa, Kawakami, and Bitchu were merged to form the new city of Takahashi. As a result of this merger, Kawakami District went defunct.

Merger: Central Area of Kibi Highland (1 October 2004)

The towns of Kamogawa and Kayo were merged to form the town of Kibichuo. The new town belongs to Kaga District, founded upon this merger.

Merger: Oku District (1 November 2004)

The towns of Ushimado, Oku, and Osafune were merged to form the city of Setouchi. As a result of this merger, Oku District went defunct.

Absorption: Tsuyama (28 February 2005)

The towns of Kamo, Shoboku, and Kume and the village of Aba were absorbed into the city of Tsuyama.

Absorption: Ibara (1 March 2005)

The towns of Yoshii (in Shitsuki District) and Bisei were absorbed into the city of Ibara. As a result of this merger, Shitsuki District went defunct.

Merger: Western Tomata District (1 March 2005)

The towns of Okutsu and Kagamino and the villages of Kamisaibara and Tomi were merged to form the new town of Kagamino.

Merger: Akaiwa (7 March 2005)

The towns of San'yo, Akasaka, Yoshii (in Akaiwa District), and Kumayama were merged to form the city of Akaiwa.

Absorption: Southern Okayama (22 March 2005)

The towns of Mitsu and Nadasaki were absorbed into the city of Okayama. As a result of this merger, Kojima District went defunct.

Merger: Soja, Yamate, and Kiyone (22 March 2005)

The city of Soja and the villages of Yamate, and Kiyone were merged to form the new city of Soja.

Merger: Bizen, Hinase, and Yoshinaga (22 March 2005)

The city of Bizen and the towns of Hinase, and Yoshinaga were merged to form the new city of Bizen.

Merger: Kume District (22 March 2005)

The towns of Chuo, Asahi, and Yanahara were merged to form the town of Misaki.

Merger: Ashin (31 March 2005)

The city of Niimi and the towns of Osa, Shingo, Tetta, and Tessei were merged to form the new city of Niimi. As a result of this merger, Atetsu District went defunct.

Merger: Maniwa (31 March 2005)

The towns of Hokubo, Katsuyama, Ochiai, Yubara, and Kuse and the villages of Mikamo, Kawakami, Yatsuka, and Chuka were merged to form the city of Maniwa. As a result of this merger, Jobo District went defunct.

Merger: Shoei (31 March 2005)

The towns of Katsuta, Ohara, Mimasaka, Sakuto, and Aida and the village of Higashiawakura were merged to form the city of Mimasaka.







Bizen-yaki, or Bizen pottery, is famous and popular.


Prefectural symbols

Miscellaneous topics

Anime and manga

The anime and manga series Tenchi Muyo! take place in this part of Japan, and many characters are named after geographical features and landmarks of the area.

Notable people from Okayama

External links


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