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Shizuoka Prefecture

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Country  Japan
Region  ChubuTokai
Governor  Heita Kawakatsu

Area  7,779.63 km2
Capital  Shizuoka (city)
Shizuoka Prefecture in the past, History of Shizuoka Prefecture
Colleges and Universities  Shizuoka University
Destinations  Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Numazu, Fuji, Mishima
Points of interest  Mount Fuji, Nihondaira, Izu Peninsula, Miho no Matsubara, Shiraito Falls

Population  3.751 million (Mar 31, 2012)

Map of Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県, Shizuoka-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.

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Shizuoka Prefecture in the past, History of Shizuoka Prefecture

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History

Shizuoka Prefecture Wikipedia

Shizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.

Regions Cities Shizuoka Prefecture

The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.

Geography

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Shizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

As of 1 April 2012, 11% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Fuji-Hakone-Izu and Minami Alps National Parks; Tenryū-Okumikawa Quasi-National Park; and four Prefectural Natural Parks.

Tokai earthquakes

Throughout history, a disastrous earthquake called the Tokai earthquake has hit Shizuoka every 100 to 150 years. On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Shizuoka Prefecture was hit with a magnitude 6.2 earthquake approximately 42 km (26 mi) NNE of Shizuoka City.

Cities

Twenty-three cities are located in Shizuoka:

Towns

These are the towns in each district:

Rail

  • JR East
  • Tokaido Line (Atami - Odawara)
  • Ito Line
  • JR Central
  • Tokaido Shinkansen
  • Tokaido Line (Atami - Toyohashi)
  • Gotenba Line
  • Minobu Line
  • Iida Line
  • Izukyu
  • Izuhakone Railway
  • Daiyuzan Line
  • Sunzu Line
  • Gakunan Railway
  • Shizuoka Railway
  • Oigawa Railway
  • Enshu Railway
  • Tenryu Hamanako Railroad
  • Expressways

  • Tomei Expressway
  • Toll roads

  • Shizuoka East-West Road
  • Shizuoka South-North Road
  • West Fuji Road (not a toll road anymore as of 2012)
  • Fujinomiya Road
  • Airports

  • Shizuoka Airport
  • Ports

  • Shimizu Port
  • Atami Port and Shimoda Port - Mainly ferry route to Izu Island
  • Numazu Port
  • Universities

    National university
  • Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
  • Shizuoka University
  • Graduate University for Advanced Studies - Mishima Campus(National Institute of Genetics)
  • Public university
  • Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
  • University of Shizuoka
  • Private university
  • Fuji Tokoha University
  • Hamamatsu University
  • Hamamatsu Gakuin University
  • Juntendo University - Mishima Campus
  • Nihon University - Mishima Campus
  • Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University
  • Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology
  • Shizuoka Sangyo University
  • Shizuoka University of Welfare
  • Tokyo Women's Medical University - Daito Campus
  • Tokai University - Shimizu Campus,Numazu Campus
  • Tokoha Gakuen University
  • Senior high schools

  • Numazu Commercial High School
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Susono High School
  • Shizuoka Prefectural High School
  • Sports

    The sports teams listed below are based in Shizuoka.

    Basketball

  • SAN-EN NeoPhoenix
  • Motorsport

  • Fuji International Speedway
  • Rugby

  • Yamaha Jubilo (Iwata)
  • Football

  • Shimizu S-Pulse (Shimizu, Shizuoka)
  • Júbilo Iwata (Iwata)
  • Matches between the above two teams, both currently in the top flight of the J. League, are known as the Shizuoka Derby.
  • Honda F.C. (Hamamatsu)
  • Azul Claro Numazu(Numazu)
  • Fujieda MyFC (Fujieda)
  • Volleyball

  • Toray Arrows (men's volleyball team) (Mishima city)
  • Museums

  • Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
  • Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka
  • Festivals and events

  • Shimoda Black Ship Festival, held in May
  • Shimizu Port Festival, held on August 5 to 7
  • Shizuoka Festival, held in April
  • Daidogei World Cup in central Shizuoka City, held in November
  • Enshu Daimyo Festival in Iwata, held in April
  • Numazu Festival, held in July
  • Mishima Festival, held in August
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    References

    Shizuoka Prefecture Wikipedia


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