Suō Province

Suō Province (周防国, Suō no kuni) was a province of Japan in the area that is today the eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture.[1] It was sometimes called Bōshū (防州). Suō bordered on Aki, Iwami, and Nagato Provinces.

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Suō Province highlighted
Suō Kokuga Site in Hōfu

The ancient provincial capital was in Hōfu. Suō was ruled for much of the Muromachi period by the Ōuchi clan, who built a castle at Yamaguchi. In the Sengoku period it was conquered by the Mōri clan, and was ruled remotely by them for much of the Edo period.

Shrines and templesEdit

Suō Kokubun-ji Pagoda Site in Hōfu

Tamanoya jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Suō. [2]

Historical districtsEdit


See alsoEdit



  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128

External linksEdit

  Media related to Suo Province at Wikimedia Commons