Rikuchū Province

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Rikuchū Province

Rikuchū Province (陸中国, Rikuchū no kuni) was an old province in the area of Iwate and Akita Prefectures.[1] It was sometimes called Rikushū (陸州), with Rikuzen and Mutsu Provinces.

Rikuchu covered most of modern-day Iwate Prefecture: with the exceptions of Ninohe District, Ninohe City, the northern portion of Hachimantai City, and the northern portion of Kuzumaki Town; Kesen District, Rikuzentakata City, Ōfunato City, and the southern portion of Kamaishi City; but also including Kazuno City and Kosaka Town in Akita Prefecture.

Rikuchū was created shortly after the Meiji Restoration out of part of Mutsu Province.


  • January 19, 1869: Rikuchu Province is separated from Mutsu Province
  • 1872: A census estimates the population at 510,521

Historical districts[edit]

Rikuchū Province consisted of eighteen districts:

See also[edit]



  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128

Other websites[edit]

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