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San'yō region

The San'yō Region 山陽地方 San'yō-chihō is an area in the south of Honshū, the main island of Japan1 It consists of the southern part of the Chūgoku region, facing the Seto Inland Sea The name San'yo means "southern, sunny yō side of the mountains" and contrasts with the San'in or "northern, shady in side of the mountains"

The region is generally considered to include the prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Sometimes, Harima area in Hyōgo is considered to be included in this group

The San'yō encompasses the pre-Meiji provincial areas of Harima, Mimasaka, Bizen, Bitchu, Bingo, Aki, Suō and Nagato2


  • 1 Transport
  • 2 See also
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The region is served by the Sanyō Main Line and Sanyō Shinkansen

See alsoedit

  • Gokishichidō
  • Tōkaidō
  • Tōsandō
  • Hokurikudō
  • San'indō
  • San'yōdō
  • Nankaidō
  • Saikaidō


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric 2005 "San'in" in Japan Encyclopedia, p 817, p 817, at Google Books; Titsingh, Isaac 1834 Annales des empereurs du japon, p 65, p 65, at Google Books
  2. ^ Titsingh, p 65 n3, p 65, at Google Books


  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth 2005 Japan encyclopedia Cambridge: Harvard University Press ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
  • Titsingh, Isaac 1834 Nihon Odai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland OCLC 5850691

External linksedit

  • Japan Guidecom

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