Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture
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Map of Japan with Shizuoka highlighted
Capital Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Region Chūbu
Island Honshu
Governor Heita Kawakatsu
Area (rank) 7,779.63 km² (13th)
 - % water 2.6%
Population  (July 1, 2010)
 - Population 3,774,471 (10th)
 - Density 485.17 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 35
ISO 3166-2 JP-22
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Azalea (Rhododenron)
 - Tree Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus)
 - Bird Japanese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata)
 - Fish
Symbol of Shizuoka Prefecture
Symbol of Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県, Shizuoka-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital is the city of Shizuoka.[2]


Shizuoka prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi Province, Suruga Province and Izu Province provinces.[3]



Shizuoka is on the east coast of Honshu facing the Pacific Ocean. The prefecture is bordered on the west by Aichi Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture. The northern borders of Shuzuoka are shared with Yamanashi Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture.

Mount Fuji is on the northern border of Shizuoka.

Suruga Bay is its main coastal feature. The Izu Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay.

Throughout history, every 100 to 150 years, an earthquake of disastrous proportions called the Tokai Earthquake has hit Shizuoka.[4]

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5]

Shrines and Temples

Oguni jinja, Kotonomamahachimangū, Sengen jinja and Mishima taisha were the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) of Suruga. [6]

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shizuoka-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 876; "Chūbu" at p. 126.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nussbaum, "Shizuoka" at p. 876.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. "Japan's Prime Minister Shuts Nuclear Plant in Earthquake Danger Zone," Environmental News Service, May 6, 2011; retrieved 2011-11-28.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-8-28.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-8-28.

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