|Subdivisions||Districts: 7, Municipalities: 44|
|• Governor||Kazuhiko Ōigawa|
|• Total||6,097.06 km2 (2,354.09 sq mi)|
(February 1, 2017)
|• Density||476.40/km2 (1,233.9/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-08|
|Tree||Ume tree (Prunus mume)|
|Bird||Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)|
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Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.
Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture. It also has a border on the southwest with Saitama Prefecture. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.
Thirty-two (32) cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:
- Mito (capital city of the prefecture)
Towns and villagesEdit
These are the towns and villages in each district:
Ibaraki's industries include energy production, particularly nuclear energy, as well as chemical and precision machining industries. Hitachi is a world wide company as well as a city name where the company was founded.
Ibaraki is an agricultural prefecture contributing more or less to Japanese dining tables. As of March 2011, the prefecture produced 25% of Japan's bell peppers and Chinese cabbage.
Ibaraki's population is decreasing more rapidly than any other prefecture.
Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of Aikido founded by Ueshiba Morihei, also known as Osensei. Ueshiba spent the latter part of his life in the town of Iwama, now part of Kasama, and the Aiki Shrine and dojo he created still remain.
- Ibaraki University
- Tokiwa University
- Tsukuba International University
The sports teams listed below are based in Ibaraki.
- Ibaraki Golden Golds (Regional club)
- Hitachi Pro Wrestling (Regional group)
Transportation and accessEdit
- East Japan Railway Company
- Tsukuba Express
- Kantō Railway
- Kashima Rinkai Railway
- Minato Line (Hitachinaka Seaside Railway)
- Mooka Line (Mooka Railway)
- National Route 4 (around Koga area)
- National Route 6 (Nihonbashi of Tokyo-Toride-Tsuchiura-Mito-Hitachi-Iwaki-Sendai)
- National Route 50
- National Route 51 (Mito-Kashima-Itako-Narita-Chiba)
- National Route 118
- National Route 123
- National Route 124
- National Route 125 (Katori-Tsuchiura-Tsukuba-Koga-Gyoda-Kumagaya)
- National Route 245
- National Route 293
- National Route 294
- National Route 349
- National Route 354
- National Route 355
- National Route 400 (Mito-Nakagawa-Nikko-South Aizu-West Aizu
- National Route 408
- National Route 461
- Kashima Port
The prefecture is often alternatively pronounced "Ibaragi" by those who speak the regional dialect known as Ibaraki-ben. However, the correct pronunciation is "Ibaraki". According to the author of "Not Ibaragi, Ibaraki", this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the "k" sound in Ibaraki dialect.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ibaraki-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 367, at Google Books; "Kantō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 479, at Google Books.
- Nussbaum, "Mito" at Japan Encyclopedia, p. 642, at Google Books.
- "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Schreiber, Mark, "Japan's food crisis goes beyond recent panic buying", The Japan Times, 17 April 2011, p. 9.
- "Gov't data show exodus to Tokyo from other parts of Japan continues". Japan Today. 1 February 2019. Archived from the original on 3 February 2019.
- Aikikai Foundation Ibaraki Branch Dojo " Founder and Iwama", Retrieved August 25 2017
- いばらぎじゃなくていばらき [Ibaragi ja Nakute Ibaraki]