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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Suō Province highlighted

Suō Province (周防国 Suō no kuni?) was an old province of Japan in the area of Yamaguchi Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] It was sometimes called Bōshū (防州?).

The province had borders with Aki, Iwami, and Nagato Provinces.

The ancient capital city of the province was Hōfu.


View of Kintai Bridge in Suō Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1859

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Suō Province were reformed in the 1870s.[2]

Shrines and Temples

Tamanoya jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Suō. [3]

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Suō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 916.
  2. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  3. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websites

Media related to Suo Province at Wikimedia Commons