Cities

Main Cities In Japan

Tokyo

The capital of Japan and it’s largest city, Tokyo is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Previously known as Edo, the city was renamed to Tokyo, meaning “Eastern Capital”, when it replaced Kyoto as Japan’s capital in 1868.

Tokyo city has a population of about 8 million, while Tokyo prefecture has approximately twelve million residents.

Yokohama

Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city, with a population of approximately three million people. It is located less than 30 minutes south of Tokyo by train, and is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama has a large port, is extremely cosmopolitan, and has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world.

Osaka

Important port, and industrial and commercial centre of western Japan. Main industries are textiles, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics.

Nagoya

Port and industrial centre, large aircraft and ceramics industries.

Sapporo

A centre of the lumber and fish canning industries, also important agricultural interests. Located in Hokkaido.

Kobe

Port and industrial centre.

Kyoto

Former capital of Japan. Now has a strong high-tech research industry.

Fukuoka

Port and commercial centre of Kyushu.

Kawasaki

Sinonimous with the motor industry, also has a strong heavy industry.

Kita-Kyushu

Important industrial area with steel and rubber interests.

Hiroshima

Large motor, engineering and shipping industries