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".
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