Shizuoka Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

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]

Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiShizuoka-ken
Official seal of Shizuoka
Location of Shizuoka in Japan
Location of Shizuoka in Japan
Country Japan
CapitalShizuoka, Shizuoka
 • GovernorHeita Kawakatsu
 • Total7,779.63 km2 (3,003.73 sq mi)
Area rank13th
 (July 1, 2010)
 • Total3,774,471
 • Rank10th
 • Density490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-22
Prefectural flowerAzalea (Rhododenron)
Prefectural treeSweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus)
Prefectural birdJapanese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata)
Number of districts5
Number of municipalities35
Emblem of Shizuoka Prefecture.svg


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 ParksEdit

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

Shrines and TemplesEdit

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

Related pagesEdit


  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," Archived 2011-12-01 at the Wayback Machine 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 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-8-28.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Shizuoka prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°55′N 138°19′E / 34.917°N 138.317°E / 34.917; 138.317