Kagawa Prefecture

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Kagawa Prefecture
Japanese: 香川県
Map of Japan with Kagawa highlighted
Capital Takamatsu
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Governor Keizo Hamada
Area (rank) 1,861.70 km² (47th)
 - % water 2.8%
Population  (December 1, 2010)
 - Population 995,465 (40th)
 - Density 534.71 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 17
ISO 3166-2 JP-37
Website www.pref.kagawa.jp
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Olive (Olea europaea)
 - Tree Olive (Olea europaea)
 - Bird Oriental cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus)
 - Fish
Symbol of Kagawa Prefecture
Symbol of Kagawa Prefecture
Flag of Kagawa Prefecture.svg


Kagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.[3]

Drought is common in Kagawa history. For example, in 1973 the region was called "the Takamatsu desert".[4]


Kagawa is in the northeast part of Shikoku. The prefecture borders Ehime Prefecture in the southwest. Tokushima Prefecture is in the south. Kagawa has a coastline with many small islands on the Seto Inland Sea across from Okayama Prefecture.

The prefecture built 17 dams between 1947 and 1974.[4]



Towns and villages in each district:


National Parks

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5]

Shrines and Temples

Tamura jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [6]

Kagawa Prefecture Media

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Kagawa prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 446; Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Kagawa Prefecture, Regional Information Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-6.
  2. Nussbaum, "Takamatsu" at p. 934.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Berga, L. (2006). Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century, Vol. 1, p. 41.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-9.

Other websites

  Media related to Kagawa prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°16′N 133°57′E / 34.267°N 133.950°E / 34.267; 133.950