Prefectures of Japan and What They Are Famous For

January 18, 2024

Japan is divided into 47 administrative divisions known as "prefectures." Each prefecture has its own unique characteristics, culture, and attractions. 

Here are some of the prefectures of Japan along with what they are famous for... and the SushiSushi products that come from that prefecture.

Tokyo:

  • The capital city of Japan and a bustling metropolis.
  • Known for its modern architecture, shopping districts like Shibuya and Ginza, cultural landmarks, and vibrant nightlife.
  • Hosted the 2020 Summer Olympics.
  • Home to S&B and Hinode!

Kyoto:

Kiyomizu Temple

Osaka:

  • Known as the "Kitchen of Japan" due to its culinary scene.
  • Famous for its street food, vibrant nightlife, Universal Studios Japan, and Osaka Castle.
  • Home of Sakai Takayuki and Youki!
  • Why not try our Osaka Style Okonomiyaki recipe? 

Hokkaido:

Hiroshima:

 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Okinawa:

Aichi:

Fukuoka:

  • Located on Kyushu island and known for its vibrant street food culture.
  • Famous for its yatai (food stalls), historic temples, and annual Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival.
  • SushiSushi products from Fukuoka - Tsurumiso, Barley koji Moromi Miso with Ume Plum, and Kobayashi (flavoured sake liqueur)!

 

Hokuriku Region (Ishikawa, Toyama, Fukui):

Shizuoka:

 Tochigi:

 Nikko Toshogu

Yamagata:

 Akita: 

  • Native Akita Inu dogs, known for their loyalty and distinct appearance.
  • Vibrant Kanto Festival where performers balance giant paper lanterns on their bodies, creating a mesmerising spectacle!
  • SushiSushi product from Akita - Akita Tonburi (Land Caviar)

Kanto Festival

Ibaraki: 

Chiba: 

 Niigata: 

  • Its high-quality rice and sake production, considered some of the best in Japan.
  • Hosting the Sado Kinzan Gold Mine, which was a significant source of gold during the Edo period and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • SushiSushi products from Niigata - Kanzuri (Red Yuzu Kosho), all Yoshikawa Kitchenware Products, Kikusui Junmai Ginjo.

Nagano:

 

Matsumoto Castle

Shiga:

Hyōgo:

  • Kobe, a major port city known for its international influence, Kobe beef, and picturesque waterfront.
  • Himeji Castle, often called the "White Heron Castle," renowned for its pristine white appearance and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Home of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery and Shiroita White Kombu.  

Himeji Castle

 Shimane:

  • Its rich cultural heritage and historical sites, including Izumo Taisha, one of Japan's oldest and most important Shinto shrines!
  • The scenic Oki Islands, a UNESCO Global Geopark known for their unique geology, landscapes, and local traditions.
  • SushiSushi products from Shimane - Kokki Shuzo Black Folded Sake and Okuizumo Nitamai Rice

Yamaguchi:

  • Being the birthplace of famous Japanese historical figures like Oda Nobunaga and Mori Motonari.
  • Its scenic beauty, including the Akiyoshidai Plateau and Akiyoshido Cave, one of Japan's largest limestone caves.
  • SushiSushi products from Yamaguchi - Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo, Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo

Akiyoshido Cave

Saga:

  • Traditional pottery, particularly Arita ware, which is renowned for its craftsmanship and history of porcelain production.
  • The Yoshinogari Archaeological Site, which offers insights into ancient Japanese civilization, particularly during the Yayoi period.
  • Home to Amabuki.

Ōita:

  • Its abundant hot springs and onsen resorts, including the well-known Beppu and Yufuin.
  • The Usa Jingu, a Shinto shrine with historical significance and connections to mythology, attracting many pilgrims and visitors!
  • SushiSushi product from Ōita - Japanese Log-Grown Shiitake.

Miyazaki:

  • Famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, including stunning coastlines, lush forests, and mountains, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities.
  • Aoshima Island, known for its unique "Devil's Washboard" rock formations along the shore and its serene beaches.
  • SushiSushi product from Miyazaki - Momiki Black Garlic, Katsuo, Kombu and Shiitake Sauce.

Aoshima Island

Kagoshima:

  • Has an active volcano, Sakurajima, which is an iconic symbol of the prefecture and a popular natural attraction.
  • Producing high-quality sweet potatoes known as "Satsuma-imo," which are a staple ingredient in various local dishes and snacks.
  • Home to the Kisaichi, Kurozu and Apple Concentrate.

Ehime:

  • Home to Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot springs, with a history dating back over a thousand years and a unique wooden bathhouse.
  • Uwajima Castle, also known as "Chirashigoten Castle," a picturesque hilltop castle with a striking white exterior and panoramic views of the city and sea.
  • SushiSushi products from Ehime - Tomato Ponzu! 

Kagawa:

  • The smallest prefecture in Japan and the setting for the Shikoku Pilgrimage, a famous 88-temple pilgrimage route.
  • Its udon noodles, known as "Sanuki udon," which are a local specialty and enjoyed throughout the prefecture and beyond.
  • SushiSushi product from Kagawa - Sanuki Inari Pouches

 Gifu:

Inuyama Castle 

 

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