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.
type
usage
Amerika アメリカ (Region & Country) German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Luxembourgish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Albanian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Armenian, Georgian, Tatar, Bashkir, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Indonesian, Malay, Japanese
Form of America, used to refer to the continents and sometimes to the United States of America.
Botsuwana ボツワナ (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Botswana.
Buriten ブリテン (Island & Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Britain.
Chiri チリ (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Chile.
Chōsen 朝鮮, ちょうせん (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Joseon, referring to Korea.
Chousen 朝鮮, ちょうせん (Country & Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 朝鮮 (see Chōsen).
Chūgoku 中国, ちゅうごく (Country & Region) Japanese
Japanese form of Zhongguo, used to refer to China. It is also the name of a region in western Japan.
Chuugoku 中国, ちゅうごく (Country & Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 中国 (see Chūgoku).
Firipin フィリピン (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Philippines.
Furansu フランス (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of France.
Guatemara グアテマラ (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Guatemala.
Hase 長谷, はせ (Settlement) Japanese
Etymologically from Japanese (hatsu) meaning "anchorage​" and (se) meaning "shallows". The spelling of 長谷 is from a shortening of 長谷 の 泊瀬 (nagatani no hatsuse) meaning "long valley of Hatsuse". This is the name of a place in Sakurai, Japan.
Hotaka 穂高, ほたか (Mountain) Japanese
From Japanese (ho) meaning "grain" and (taka) meaning "tall". This is the name of a mountain in Japan.
Indo インド, 印度 (Country) Japanese, Korean
Japanese and Korean form of India. It is usually written in katakana in Japan and Hangul in Korea.
Indoneshia インドネシア (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Indonesia.
Iran イラン (Country) Persian, Arabic, English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek, Hebrew, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Urdu, Indian, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Burmese, Filipino, Thai, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian
Derived from Middle Persian Eran, related to Old Iranian Arya meaning "Iranian, Aryan". This is the name of a country in western Asia, formerly called Persia in the West.
Itaria イタリア (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Italia (see Italy).
Jinbabue ジンバブエ (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Zimbabwe.
Kantō 関東, かんとう (Region) Japanese
Means "eastern frontier", from Japanese (kan) meaning "frontier" and () meaning "east". This is the name of a region in central Japan, including Tokyo.
Kantou 関東, かんとう (Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 関東 (see Kantō).
Kōbe 神戸, こうべ (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.
Kobe 神戸, こうべ (Settlement) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 神戸 (see Kōbe).
Koube 神戸, こうべ (Settlement) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 神戸 (see Kōbe).
Mōko 蒙古, もうこ (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Japanese
Japanese form of Mongolia.
Mouko 蒙古, もうこ (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 蒙古 (see Mōko).
Nihon 日本, にほん (Country) Japanese
Alternate reading of Nippon.
Nippon 日本, にっぽん (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, ぺきん (Settlement) Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Polish, Armenian, Uzbek, Turkmen
Form of Beijing in several languages.
Roshia ロシア (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Russia.
Tōkyō 東京, とうきょう (Settlement) Japanese
Japanese form of Tokyo.
Tokyo 東京, とうきょう (Settlement) Japanese, English, French
From Japanese () meaning "east" and (kyō) meaning "capital city". This is the name of the capital of Japan.
Uganda ウガンダ (Country) English, Eastern African, Ganda, Swahili, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Turkish, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay
From Buganda, the name of a kingdom within Uganda, which means "land of the Ganda" in the Luganda language. The Ganda are an ethnic group, their name possibly deriving from a Bantu word meaning "family". Uganda is a landlocked country in eastern Africa.
Yamato 大和, やまと (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".
Zanbia ザンビア (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Zambia.