Initially they comprised of 58 kuni with 3 islands provinces, however by 822AD this had changed to 66 kuni and 2 islands provinces.
These areas existed under the Meiji Restoration and were offically abolished in 1871 and replaced with the current Prefectural System.1 When the Prefectures were established the old provinces were grouped by geographical location into the ‘Five Provinces of Kinai’ and the ‘Seven Circuits.2
Here follows a list of Provinces on our site. This is not yet completely and will continued to be added to over time.
Provinces of the Kinai
- Harima Province (also called Banshu Province)
- Bungo Province
- Chikuzen Province
- Hizen Province
- Hyūga Province (also called Himuka Province)
- Iki Province
- Tsushima Province
1. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
2. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
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