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The Sinnoh region (Japanese: シンオウ地方 Shin'ō-chihō) is an area in the Pokémon world, comprising of the large mainland, the north-eastern island of the Battle Zone, and numerous smaller islands on both sides of the region. The Sinnoh region is currently the northern-most region known. The Kanto and the Johto regions are said to be south and southwest, while it is possible that the Almia region is connected to Sinnoh in the southwest.

This region is the setting of the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Sinnoh has both new and traditional geographic features for the player to explore, including snowy and foggy routes. Most of its routes are on land. The region is divided by Mt. Coronet, roughly comparable to how the continent that Kanto and Johto make up is essentially a contiguous region.

It is based on the geography of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and southern part of the Russian island of Kunashir. Most of the cities and towns in Sinnoh, as well as the region's design, draw from these real-world locations. The Japanese name of Shin'ō is possibly derived from the Sino-Japanese phrase 深奥, which can be translated to as "mysteries". The name can also be connected to 神 shin, "god" or "deity", and 神話 shinwa, "myth".
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