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prefecture (ken), northern Honshu, Japan, on the Sea of Japan. Much of its 3,601 sq mi (9,327 sq km) is mountainous. Bandai-Asahi National Park, stretching from north to south, includes the Dewa Sangan (Three Mountains of Dewa [Gassan, Yudono-san, Haguro-san]), which are sacred to the Shugen-do sect of Buddhism; the granite mountains associated with Asahi-dake (6,135 ft [1,870 m]); and Iide-san (6,906 ft). In the northwest, Chokai Quasi-national Park is crowned by Chokai-zan, which rises to 7,316 ft on the border with Akita Prefecture. The extinct volcano of Zao-san (6,040 ft) is the central feature of Zao Quasi-national Park in the southeast