Main City: Shizuoka
Population: 3,701,000 people, ranking 10/47 prefectures (2015) 
Area: 7,779 km2 
Geographical / Landscape description
Home to Mt. Fuji, the internationally recognised symbol of Japan, and in 2013 added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site, Shizuoka prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japanese 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. 
Shizuoka is nationally known to be blessed with a mild and comfortable climate. There is little snow away from the mountains in northern Shizuoka. 
Recent history, culture
Various locations in the prefecture such as the Hamamatsu Castle, Mishima Taisha Shrine and the Okuni Shrine and the Hattasan Son-eiji Temple will allow visitors to experience Japanese culture through the fascinating architectural beauty of past periods. The scenic beauty of the area and the many ryokans (traditional hotels) and hot springs of the Izu area were particularly loved by some of the greatest writers of Japanese literature. 
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