Japanese Place Names

Japanese names are used in Japan and in Japanese communities throughout the world. Note that depending on the Japanese characters used these names can have many other meanings besides those listed here. See also about Japanese names.
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CHUUGOKU中国(Country & Region)Japanese
Japanese form of ZHONGGUO, used to refer to China. It is also the name of a region in western Japan.
HOTAKA穂高(Mountain)Japanese
From Japanese (ho) meaning "grain" and (taka) meaning "tall". This is the name of a mountain in Japan.
INDO印度, インド(Country)Japanese
Japanese form of INDIA. It is usually written in the katakana writing system.
KOBE神戸(Settlement)Japanese
Possibly means "shrine supporters", in reference to the families who tended the local Ikuta Shrine. This is the name of a city in Japan.
KOUBE神戸(Settlement)Japanese
Variant transcription of KOBE.
NIHON日本(Country)Japanese
Alternate reading of NIPPON.
NIPPON日本(Country)Japanese
Means "origin of the sun, sunrise", from Sino-Japanese (nichi) meaning "sun" and (hon) meaning "root, origin". This is the Japanese name for Japan.
PEKIN北京(Settlement)Japanese
Japanese form of BEIJING.
TOKYO東京(Settlement)Japanese, English, French
From Japanese (tou) meaning "east" and (kyou) meaning "capital city". This is the name of the capital of Japan.
TOUKYOU東京(Settlement)Japanese
Variant transcription of TOKYO.
YAMATO大和(Country)Japanese
Possibly related to Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain". This was the old name for the area around the city of Nara, though it was later applied to the entire country of Japan. Chinese scribes originally wrote this name using the character meaning "short". However, this was revised to the more favourable meaning "harmony" in the 8th century. The prefixed character means "great".