Omega Zones & Cities

Reaching ALL of Japan

YWAM has developed a mapping initiative called “4K” which aims to help Christian workers all over the world better understand where the spiritual and physical needs are.

The world has been divided up into around 4,200 Omega Zones. These are determined by population, geopolitical divisions, availability of the Gospel, spiritual needs, and basic life needs.

A vision of YWAM is to establish ministries and disciple-making movements (church planting) in all of these 4,200 Omega Zones.

As most people in Japan live in urban areas, we can also highlight the most populous urban areas as Omega Cities. This is based on the Metropolitan Employment Areas (MEAs) as defined by the government.

Omega Zones & Cities in Japan

Japan has a total of 53 Omega Zones. Currently 42 Omega Zones have no YWAM ministries. There are also 17 urban areas with a population of over 1 million. 11 of these Omega Cities have no YWAM ministries.

Here you can find a table detailing all of the Omega Zones in Japan, separated by region. The Omega Cities having over 1 million people have also been highlighted.

Updated: 2021-02-12

RegionOmega Zone (OZ)OZ PopulationYWAM Location?Omega City (OC)OC Population (Rank)
Hokkaido5,229,0751
Hokkaido5,229,075YWAM NisekoSapporo2,362,914 (7th)
Tohoku8,560,1771
Aomori1,227,653
Iwate1,209,457
Miyagi2,290,915YWAM SendaiSendai1,612,499 (8th)
Akita948,964
Yamagata1,062,239
Fukushima1,820,949
Kanto43,507,4123
Ibaraki2,852,499Utsunomiya1,103,745 (15th)
Tochigi1,930,000
Gunma1,924,116Maebashi1,263,034 (12th)
Saitama (East)3,671,342Tokyo
Saitama (West)3,671,342Tokyo
Chiba6,281,869Tokyo
Tokyo (Central)4,653,412YWAM Tokyo (Higashikurume)Tokyo35,303,778 (1st)
Tokyo (East)4,653,412YWAM Tokyo (Taito)Tokyo
Tokyo (West)4,653,412Tokyo
Kanagawa (West)4,608,004Tokyo
Kanagawa (East)4,608,004YWAM YokohamaTokyo
Chubu21,081,7171
Niigata2,195,068Niigata1,060,013 (17th)
Toyama1,032,970Toyama1,066,328 (16th)
Ishikawa1,129,362
Fukui761,360
Yamanashi805,339
Nagano2,031,795Azumino CP
Gifu1,975,397
Shizuoka3,613,788Hamamatsu1,129,296 (13th)
Aichi (North)3,768,319Nagoya6,871,632 (3rd)
Aichi (South)3,768,319Nagoya
Kansai22,230,5172
Mie1,768,632
Shiga1,412,095
Kyoto2,566,341Kyoto2,801,044 (4th)
Osaka (North)4,407,595YWAM Osaka (Takatsuki)Osaka12,078,820 (2nd)
Osaka (South)4,407,595Osaka
Hyogo5,434,645YWAM KobeKobe2,419,973 (6th)
Nara1,321,250
Wakayama912,364
Chugoku7,228,1370
Tottori550,651
Shimane665,702
Okayama1,880,772Okayama1,526,503 (9th)
Hiroshima2,792,009Hiroshima1,431,634 (10th)
Yamaguchi1,339,003
Shikoku3,683,5120
Tokushima721,721
Kagawa949,357
Ehime1,323,851
Kochi688,583
Kyushu & Okinawa14,192,2543
Fukuoka5,108,038Kita-Kyushu1,314,276 (11th)
Saga808,074
Nagasaki1,308,277
Kumamoto1,734,231Kumamoto1,111,596 (14th)
Oita1,123,242YWAM Oita
Miyazaki1,062,180
Kagoshima1,587,785YWAM Kagoshima
Okinawa1,460,427YWAM Okinawa
JAPAN125,712,80111/53