List of islands of Japan

The four main islands of Japan are

Japan also has over 6,000 smaller islands, of which over 430 are inhabited.[4]

List of smaller islands of Japan

Hokkaido prefecture

Islands off Honshu in the Sea of Japan

Islands in Tokyo Bay (artificial islands)

Islands in Osaka Bay (artificial islands)

Islands in Ise Bay

Islands in the Pacific Ocean

Islands around Kyushu

Most of these are located in the East China Sea.

Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shotō)

Satsunan Islands

The northern half is administratively part of Kagoshima Prefecture and Kyushu.

Ōsumi Islands

The North-Eastern Group:

The North-Western Group:

Tokara Islands

The Shichi-tō:

Amami Islands

Ryukyu Islands (Ryūkyū-shotō)

The Southern Half, Okinawa Prefecture

Okinawa Islands

The Central Group or Ryukyu proper:

Sakishima Islands

Also known as the Further Isles:

Islands in the Inland Sea

Islands in lakes

Other artificial islands

Claims but does not control

The Northern Territories

There are the four disputed Kuril Islands, also known as the Chishima Islands.[15]


See also


  1. Imperial Japanese Commission, pp. 3-4.
  2. 1 2 Imperial Japanese Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. (1903). Japan in the Beginning of the 20th century (Haruki Yamawaki, editor), p. 2.
  3. Imperial Japanese Commission, pp. 2-3.
  4. Look Japan, Vol. 43, Issues 493-504, p. 35; retrieved 2013-3-2.
  5. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Rishiri-tō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 791.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Sovereign and Subject, p. 332.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 Ponsonby-Fane, p. 331.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Nussbaum, "Izu Shotō" at p. 412.
  9. Gotoh, H. et al. (2010). "Infrastructure Maintenance and Disaster Prevention Measures on Isolated Islands: the Case of the Izu Islands near Tokyo" in Island Sustainability (Favro, S., editor), p. 187.
  10. Nussbaum, p. 412; Ponsonby-Fane, p. 332.
  11. Nussbaum, "Ōshima" at p. 761.
  12. Nussbaum, "Torishima" at p. 987.
  13. 1 2 3 4 Nussbaum, "Ogasawara Guntō" at p. 737.
  14. Nussbaum, "Hashima" at p. 294.
  15. Imperial Japanese Commission, p. 3.
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