50 Japanese Dog Names Inspired by Geography

Japan is a country of dogs, and there are several dog breeds originating in Japan, for instance Shiba Inu, Akita Inu, Kai Inu, Hokkaido Inu, Kishu Inu, and Shikoku Inu. Japanese dogs deserve Japanese names, and here comes our selection of 50 unique Japanese dog names inspired by Japanese city names. These popular areas in the Japan country make great names for your boy or girl puppies.



Akita: The capital city of Akita Prefecture, Japan, and has been designated a core city since 1 April 1997.
Aomori: Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, in the northern Tohoku region of northern Japan.
Ashiya: A city in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, between the cities of Nishinomiya and Kobe.
Atami: A city located in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Beppu: A city in Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan, at the west end of Beppu Bay. Beppu is famous for its hot springs.
Chiba: The capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Chiba City is one of the Kanto region's primary seaports, and is home to Chiba Port, which handles one of the highest volumes of cargo in the nation. Chiba is famous for the Chiba Urban Monorail, the longest suspended monorail in the world.
Daito: A city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1956.
Fuchu: Fuchu, full name Xiong Fuchu, was from 227 to 223 BC the last king of the state of Chu during the late Warring States period of ancient China.
Fuji: Mount Fuji, located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.
Fukui: The capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The city is located in the north-central part of the prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Gifu: A city located in the south-central portion of Gifu Prefecture, Japan, and serves as the prefectural capital. The city has played an important role in Japan's history because of its location in the middle of the country. During the Sengoku period, various warlords, including Oda Nobunaga, used the area as a base in an attempt to unify and control Japan.
Hino: A city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kanto region of Japan. The city has three geographical regions.
Ikeda: A city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded formally on April 29, 1939. It was developed as an urban town by a local railway company, Hankyu Dentetsu. Its founder Kobayashi Ichizo lived there also.
Itami: A city located in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Itami sits on the Hankyu Railway Itami Line and the JR Takarazuka Line.
Kansai: The Kansai region or the Kinki region lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshu. The region includes the prefectures of Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga.
Kanto: The Kanto Plain is the largest plain in Japan located in the Kanto Region of central Honshu. The total area 17,000 km2 covers more than half of the region extending over Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, and Tochigi Prefecture.
Kiryu: A city located in eastern Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kanto region of Japan.
Kobe: The sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honsho, on the north shore of Osaka Bay.
Kochi: Also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the south-west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. It is often called Ernakulam, which refers to the specific district. Kochi also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era.
Kofu: The capital city of Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan. Kofu's name means "capital of Kai Province". During the Sengoku period, it was famous as the stronghold of Takeda Shingen.
Kure: A port and major shipbuilding city situated on the Seto Inland Sea in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. With a strong industrial heritage Kure hosts the second oldest naval dockyard in Japan and remains an important base for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.
Kushiro: A Japanese city in Kushiro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Kushiro Subprefecture, as well as the most populous city in eastern Hokkaido.
Kyoto: A city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital.
Machida: A city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kanto region of Japan.
Mitaka: A city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kanto region of Japan.
Mito: The capital city of Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan.
Mobara: A city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Mobara is located in an inland area of north-central Boso Peninsula. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and with warming effects of the Kuroshio Current give the area a mild maritime climate, with hot, humid summers and cool, mild winters.
Naha: The capital city of Okinawa, the most southern prefecture of Japan. Naha is a city on the East China Sea coast of the southern part of Okinawa Island, the largest of Okinawa Prefecture. Naha is the political, economic and education center of Okinawa Prefecture.
Nara: The capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan.
Narita: A city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is the site of Narita International Airport, the main international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area.
Nasu: A town located in Nasu District, Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan. Nasu is located in the mountainous far northeast of Tochigi Prefecture.
Nikko: A city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan. It is a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists. There are many famous hot springs in the area.
Numazu: A city located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Numazu is at the northern end of the Izu Peninsula, which is a leisure destination known for its numerous hot springs. Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest mountain, may also be seen from Numazu on clear days.
Oita: The capital city of Oita Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The city is bordered by City of Beppu to the northwest, City of Yufu to the west, City of Taketa to the southwest, City of Bungo-┼Źno to the south, and City of Usuki to the southeast. The north of the city faces Beppu Bay and the Seto Inland Sea.
Omiya: Omiya Palace refers to a residence of the Empress Dowager of Japan. Literally, Omiya means Large Palace, but it is also a courtesy title of the Empress Dowager. Thus, the name Omiya Palace does not refer to any specific place, such as Omiya-ku, Saitama.
Osaka: A designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan by daytime population. Historically a merchant city, Osaka has also been known as the "nation's kitchen" and served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period.
Saga: The capital city of Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Saga was the capital of Saga Domain in the Edo period, and largest city of former Hizen Province.
Saitama: The capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan, situated in the south-east of the prefecture. It is a city designated by government ordinance.
Sakai: A city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan on the edge of Osaka Bay at the mouth of the Yamato River. It has been one of the largest and most important seaports of Japan since the Medieval era. Sakai is known for its keyhole-shaped burial mounds, or kofun, which date from the 5th century. The largest of these, Daisen Kofun, is believed to be the grave of the Emperor Nintoku and is the largest grave in the world by area. Once known for samurai swords, Sakai is now famous for the quality of its kitchen knives.
Sapporo: The fourth largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Located in Ishikari Subprefecture, it is the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan. Sapporo is known outside Japan for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first ever held in Asia, and for the city's annual Yuki Matsuri, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery and the white chocolate biscuits called shiroi koibito which means "white sweetheart."
Sendai: The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and the largest city in the Tohoku region, and the second largest city north of Tokyo. In the summer, the Sendai Tanabata Festival, the largest Tanabata festival in Japan, is held. In winter, the trees are decorated with thousands of lights for the Pageant of Starlight, lasting through most of December.
Seto: A city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Seto is located in the hilly northern region of Aichi Prefecture, bordering Gifu Prefecture. In English, the name of Seto translate to "the place where the river runs quickly." However, while there is a river in Seto, it is not significantly large, nor quick-moving. Seto City is famous for its pottery and ceramics, so much so that the generic word for ceramics in Japanese is setomono.
Toba: A city located in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Toba is located on the northern half of Shima Peninsula in far eastern Mie Prefecture, facing Ise Bay of the Pacific Ocean. The area is famous for oysters and for cultured pearls. Much of the city is within the borders of the Ise-Shima National Park.
Tokyo: Officially Tokyo Metropolis, is the capital of Japan and one of its 47 prefectures. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. In 2015, Tokyo was named the Most Liveable City in the world by the magazine Monocle. The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. Tokyo ranked first in the world in the Safe Cities Index.
Towada: A city located in central Aomori Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Towada is located in the foothills of the Hakkoda Mountains and encompasses the Aomori portion of Lake Towada. The Oirase River passes through the town. The city has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Toyama: The capital city of Toyama Prefecture, Japan. Historically, Toyama was the capital of Etchu Province.
Toyota: A city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Several of Toyota Motor Corporation's manufacturing plants, including the Tsutsumi plant, are located here. The longstanding ties between the Toyota Motor Corporation and the town of Toyota-shi, formerly known as Koromo, gave the town its current name. Toyota is located in north-central Aichi Prefecture, and is the largest city in the prefecture in terms of area.
Urawa: A city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. On May 1, 2001, Urawa was merged with the cities of Omiya and Yono to create the city of Saitama.
Yao: A city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It is perhaps best known for its Kawachi ondo festival. The first day features dancers in colorful costumes parading along the street. The second day is a huge bon odori on the grounds of Yao high school where hundreds of people gather to dance and celebrate their historic song and dance.
Zushi: A city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Zushi is located at the head of Miura Peninsula, facing Sagami Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The city is built on an alluvial plain formed by the Tagoe River and surrounded by low, steep hills.

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