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Regarding the Japanese addressing system

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Are 町 only divided into two or more 丁目? For example there is 高砂町 in 門司区 of 北九州市. 高砂町 is not divided into any 丁目。 Would the correct address be 北九州門司区高砂町5-3 OR 北九州門司区高砂町1-5-3 (that particular address is a random one). In a nutshell: (市名)(区)(町名) n番地 n号 OR (市名)(区)(町名) 1丁目n番地 n号?
 

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They're not always divided. The random 5-3 or 1-5-3 are not possible unless divided into 丁目. Sometimes you will just see larger three or four digit 番地 instead.
 
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The random 5-3 or 1-5-3 are not possible unless divided into 丁目. Sometimes you will just see larger three or four digit 番地 instead.
Ah! Now i remember seeing four digits 番地 thanks for clearing that out. The only question left is why 5-3 is not possible? Those four digit 番地 are supposed to have some order that makes sense, aren't they?
 

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Ah! Now i remember seeing four digits 番地 thanks for clearing that out. The only question left is why 5-3 is not possible? Those four digit 番地 are supposed to have some order that makes sense, aren't they?
5-3 is shorthand for 5丁目3番地

Numbers are seldom arranged in a sensible order.
 

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That's what i'm asking. Can't 5-3 stand for 5番地3号 in 丁目-less areas?
Yes, it can.You would really have to look at a map of the area to know for sure.
 
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Thanks Mike. I also wonder if there are decent alternatives to google maps when it comes to administrative division of municipalities? Tried searching for 松山区域区分, ended up with this abomination
 

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Thanks Mike. I also wonder if there are decent alternatives to google maps when it comes to administrative division of municipalities? Tried searching for 松山区域区分, ended up with this abomination
Try Mapion

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You can click through in hierarchical order from largest to smallest area. That should help a bit.
 
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Gave Mapion a try. Looks neat, zoom levels are handy and have just the right amount of details per zoom level. But the best part is distinct and legible boundaries of 区、町、丁目 and 番地. I only wish there was a way of telling a building's 号 like in Google Maps.
 
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