Main City: Chiba
Population: 6,224,000 people, ranking 6/47 prefecture (2021)
Area: 5,156.15 km²
Geographical / Landscape description
Chiba Prefecture is located in the Kanto region and the Greater Tokyo Area. With the exception of the large-scale Keiyo Industrial Zone in the northeast, the entirety of the coast of Chiba Prefecture is protected as two quasi-national parks and one prefectural natural park under the national park system of Japan. As of 1 April 2012, 6% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks.
Chiba Prefecture has a warm oceanic climate that is mild in winter and relatively cool in summer, as it is surrounded on three sides by the sea.
Recent history, culture
Chiba's culture flourished in particular under the Edo Shogunate (1603-1867), when the centre of power of Japan lay just next to Chiba. Sawara (presently part of Katori City), a commerce town, prospered so much from the flow of goods along the Tonegawa River that it was said to rival Edo. Against this backdrop, Chiba made its own mark on Japanese culture.
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