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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Harima Province highlighted

Harima Province (播磨国 Harima no kuni?), also known as Banshu (播州?),[1] was an old province of Japan in area of Hyōgo Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[2]

The province had borders with the provinces of Tajima, Tamba, Settsu, Bizen, and Mimasaka.

The provincial capital city was Himeji on the Ishikawa River.[3]


View of Harima Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1853-1856

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Harima Province were reformed in the 1870s.[4]

Temples and Shrines

Iwa jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Harima. [5]

Related pages


  1. Terry, Thomas Philip. (1914). Terry's Japanese Empire, p. 768.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Harima" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 290.
  3. Terry, p. 633.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websites

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