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Gunma Prefecture (群馬県 Gunma-ken?) is a prefecture of in the Kantō region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] Its capital is Maebashi.[2]

History

In the Meiji period, Gunma was created from land which was in Keno Province and Kōzuke Province.[3]

Geography

Gunma is in the northwestern part of the Kantō plain. It is mostly mountainous.

Gunma shares northern borders with Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture. The prefecture's eastern border is shared with Tochigi Prefecture. To the west lies Nagano Prefecture. Saitama Prefecture is south of the prefecture.

Cities

There are twelve cities in Gunma Prefecture:

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:

Higashiagatsuma
Kusatsu
Naganohara
Nakanojō
Takayama
Tsumagoi
Kanra
Nanmoku
Shimonita
Shintō
Yoshioka
Chiyoda
Itakura
Meiwa
Ōizumi
Ōra
Tamamura
Kanna
Ueno
Katashina
Kawaba
Minakami
Shōwa

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 14% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples

Ichinomiyanukisaki jinja is the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[5]

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References

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Gumma-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 267; "Kantō" in p. 479.
  2. Nussbaum, "Maebashi" at p. 600.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-14.

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