Tokushima Prefecture

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Tokushima Prefecture

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   Japanese 徳島県
   Rōmaji Tokushima-ken
Flag of Tokushima Prefecture.svg
Emblem of Tokushima Prefecture.svg
Map of Japan with highlight on 36 Tokushima prefecture.svg
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Tokushima
Subdivisions Districts: 8, Municipalities: 24
   Governor Kamon Iizumi
  Total4,146.80 km2 (1,601.09 sq mi)
Area rank 36th
 (October 1, 2019)
  Rank 44th
  Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-36
BirdWhite heron
Flower Sudachi (Citrus sudachi)
TreeYamamomo ( Myrica rubra )
Tokushima Prefectural Office Tokushima prefectural office building01n3872.jpg
Tokushima Prefectural Office

Tokushima Prefecture (徳島県, Tokushima-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Shikoku. [1] Tokushima Prefecture has a population of 728,633 (1 October 2019) and has a geographic area of 4,146 km² (1,601 sq mi). Tokushima Prefecture borders Kagawa Prefecture to the north, Ehime Prefecture to the west, and Kōchi Prefecture to the southwest.


Tokushima is the capital and largest city of Tokushima Prefecture, with other major cities including Anan, Naruto, and Yoshinogawa. [2] Tokushima Prefecture is located on the Kii Channel, connecting the Pacific Ocean and Seto Inland Sea, across from Wakayama Prefecture on the Kii Peninsula of the island of Honshu. Tokushima Prefecture is connected to Awaji Island across the Naruto Strait by the Ōnaruto Bridge as part of the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway, connecting the prefecture to the city of Kobe and the San'yō Expressway on Honshu.


Until the Meiji Restoration, Tokushima Prefecture was known as Awa Province. [3]

Tokushima Prefecture and Myodo Prefecture

In ancient times, Tokushima City belonged to a region known as Myōdō-gun. In the first wave of government consolidation following the abolishment of the fiefdom system and construction of prefectures in 1871, it became known as Myodo Prefecture. At the time, it included the Awa region to the south and the Awaji Island regions as well. In 1873 it further incorporated the region currently occupied by Kagawa Prefecture in its borders.

In the second wave of government consolidation, on September 5, 1875, the Sanuki Region separated to form the modern day Kagawa Prefecture. On August 21, 1876, Awaji Island separated to join Hyogo Prefecture and the Awa region separated to form Kochi Prefecture.

On March 2, 1880, Myodo Prefecture fully separated from Kochi Prefecture to be inaugurated as Tokushima Prefecture.



Map of Tokushima Prefecture.
City Town Map of Tokushima Prefecture Ja.svg
Map of Tokushima Prefecture.
     City     Town

The Sanuki Mountains run along the northern border of the prefecture.

As of April 1, 2012, 9% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Setonaikai National Park; Muroto-Anan Kaigan and Tsurugisan Quasi-National Parks; and Chūbu Sankei, Dochū-Kōtsu, Hashikura, Higashi Sankei, Okumiyagawa-Uchidani, and Ōasayama Prefectural Natural Parks. [4]


Eight cities are located in Tokushima Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:


Economy and Industry

Tokushima depends on agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The percentage of agricultural workers and productivity is the second largest in Shikoku next to Kochi. Rice fields occupy the lower region of the Yoshino River and the small, narrow plains along the shore. Much of the remaining land is used for vegetables and flowers. The prefecture is the nation's largest supplier of cauliflower and lotus roots, and the fourth largest producer of carrots. Japanese indigo is only produced here.

Northern Tokushima's growth was accelerated by the completion of the Akashi Channel Bridge, which completes the road connection from Tokushima to Kobe. Industrial development continues around the Tokushima and Naruto districts. In particular, Itano District's Aizumi Town and Kitajima Town have experienced rapid growth, which has led to a proposed merger of the towns of Itano District into Itano City in the future.


Tokushima abounds in agricultural resources and is the site of large-scale production of many different types of vegetables. The plains north of the Yoshino River are particularly fertile and the produce here is often shipped to mainland Japan in the areas around Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto. Produce from Tokushima always claims top shares in markets in the Kansai region and particularly prominent are Naruto sweet potatoes, the citrus fruit "sudachi", lotus roots and strawberries.

The lack of goods heading to Tokyo has led to a relatively low national profile for local Tokushima brands.[ citation needed ] To combat this, the local Tokushima government now sends the "Fresh! Tokushima" moving display about the country with its mobile kitchen set to increase general awareness of the local food available in Tokushima Prefecture.




Pocarisweat Stadium in Naruto. Naruto Athletic 1.JPG
Pocarisweat Stadium in Naruto.

Tokushima hosted the official 2007 Asian Basketball Championship.

Further, the sports teams listed below are based in Tokushima.

Football (soccer)






Long Distance Bus (from Tokushima)


Ferry from Tokushima Port

Prefectural symbols

Tokushima's prefectural symbol is a stylized combination of the hiragana for to and ku, the first two characters in the hiragana spelling of the prefecture's name.


Prefectural Governor (as elected by public vote)

Prefectural Assembly

Liberal Democratic Party / Shinsei Club11
Liberal Democratic Party / Koyu Club9
Meisei Club7
Shinpu Democratic Club6
Kaikaku Isshin Club3
Japanese Communist Party3
New Komeito Group2

See also


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tokushima prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 980 , p. 980, at Google Books.
  2. Nussbaum, "Tokushima" at p. 980 , p. 980, at Google Books.
  3. Nussbaum, "Awa no Kuni" at p. 62 , p. 62, at Google Books; "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780 , p. 780, at Google Books
  4. "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment . Retrieved 26 June 2012.

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Coordinates: 34°2′N134°26′E / 34.033°N 134.433°E / 34.033; 134.433