is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture
, and the prefecture's second-largest city in both population and area. It has been populated since prehistoric times. the city had an estimated population
of 690,881 in 106,087 households,
and a population density
The city's name is made up of two ''kanji
'', 静 ''shizu'', meaning "still" or "calm"; and 岡 ''oka'', meaning "hill(s)".
In 1869, Shizuoka Domain was first created out of the older Sunpu Domain
, and that name was retained when the city was incorporated in 1885. In 2003, Shizuoka absorbed neighboring Shimizu City (now Shimizu Ward
) to create the new and expanded city of Shizuoka, briefly becoming the largest city by land area in Japan. In 2005, it became one of Japan's "designated cities
Shizuoka City lies in central Shizuoka Prefecture
, about halfway between Tokyo
along the Tōkaidō Corridor
, between Suruga Bay
to the south and the Minami Alps
in the north. Shizuoka had the largest area of any municipality in Japan after merging with Shimizu City in April 2003, until February 2005, when Takayama
in Gifu Prefecture
superseded it by merging with nine surrounding municipalities.
The total area of the city is .
Shizuoka is the 5th largest city in Japan in terms of geographic area after Takayama, Hamamatsu
, and Kitami
. It is also the 2nd largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture in terms of both geographic area and population after Hamamatsu
, but ranks higher as an Urban Employment Area
and leads as a metropolitan area
and business region.
The fan-like shape of the Shizuoka Plain and Miho Peninsula were formed over the ages by the fast-flowing Abe River
, carrying along collapsed sand and earth. These areas form the foundations of the city today.
The isolated Mount Kunō
separates the Suruga coastline from the Shimizu coastline.
* Area of densely populated region
* Urban planning area
* Area zoned for urbanization
** Haibara District
On the south-central Pacific coast Shizuoka has a humid subtropical climate
(Köppen climate classification
''Cfa''), which is hot and humid in the summer, and rarely snows in the winter. It is close to the warm Kuroshio Current
and is wet even by Japanese standards with only slightly less precipitation than Kanazawa
on the opposite side of Honshū, but it is paradoxically the sunniest of Japan's major cities owing to the absence of summer fog and its sheltered location from the northwesterly winds off the Sea of Japan
. Further north, the mountainous Ikawa
area is part of the Japanese snow country
, where there are ski areas.
* (Ikawa Dam
* (Hatanagi-I Dam
the city had an estimated population
of 704,989 in 286,013 households
and a population density
Per Japanese census data, the population of Shizuoka has been declining slowly since 1990.
:Administrative center, made up of the former Shizuoka north of the Tōkaidō Main Line
:Former Shizuoka south of the Tōkaidō Main Line and Osada district
:Former city of Shimizu and towns of Kanbara
Administrative district "image colours"
On 22 December 2006, colours and logos were established for each of the wards.
*Shizuoka City Office/Aoi Ward Office:
5-1 Ōtemachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi 420-8602
**Aoi Ward Ikawa Branch Office:
656-2 Ikawa, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi 428-0504
*Suruga Ward Office:
10-40 Minamiyahata-chō, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi 422-8550
**Suruga Ward Osada Branch Office:
13-1 Kami-Kawahara Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi 421-0132
*Shimizu City Office/Shimizu Ward Office:
6-9 Asahi-chō, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi 424-8701
**Shimizu Ward Kanbara Branch Office:
1-21-1 Kanbara Shinden, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi 421-3211
Shizuoka has a mayor-council
form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral
city legislature of 48 members. The city contributes 13 members to the Shizuoka Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is divided between Shizuoka 1st District and Shizuoka 4th District in the lower house
of the Japanese Diet
Mayors (former Shizuoka city from 1889 to 2003)
Mayors (former Shimizu city from 1924 to 2003)
Mayors (since 2003 merger)
The area that is now the city of Shizuoka has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Numerous kofun
have been found within the city limits, and the Toro archaeological site
indicates that a major Yayoi period
(circa 400 BC–300 AD) settlement existed in what is now part of the central city area.
was established as a province of Japan in the early Nara period
. At some point between the year 701 and 710, the provincial capital was relocated from what is now Numazu
, to a more central location on the banks of the Abe River
at a location named (a contraction of ) or alternatively .
During the Muromachi period
, Sunpu was the capital of the Imagawa clan
. The Imagawa were defeated at the Battle of Okehazama
, and Sunpu was subsequently ruled by Takeda Shingen
, followed by Tokugawa Ieyasu
. However, Toyotomi Hideyoshi
relocated Ieyasu, and installed Nakamura Kazutada to rule Sunpu. After the Toyotomi were defeated in the Battle of Sekigahara
, Ieyasu recovered Sunpu, reassigning it to his own retainer, Naitō Nobunari
in 1601. This marked the start of Sunpu Domain
In April 1606, Ieyasu officially retired from the post of ''shōgun
'', and retired to Sunpu, where he established a secondary court, from which he could influence ''Shōgun'' Tokugawa Hidetada
from behind the scenes. Subsequently, aside for brief periods, Sunpu was ''tenryō
'' (territory under direct administration by the Shogunate), ruled by the , an appointed official based in Sunpu.
From the Meiji period to World War II
In 1869, after the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate
, the former shogunal line, headed by Tokugawa Iesato
was sent to Sunpu and assigned the short-lived Sunpu Domain
. The same year, Sunpu was renamed "Shizuoka". Shizuoka Domain became Shizuoka Prefecture
with the abolition of the han system
in 1871, which was expanded in 1876 through merger with the former Hamamatsu Prefecture and western portions of Ashigaru Prefecture
in 1876. Shizuoka Station
on the Tōkaidō Main Line
was opened on 1 February 1889. The same day, a fire burned down most of downtown Shizuoka.
The modern city was founded on 1 April 1889. At the time, the population was 37,681, and Shizuoka was one of the first 31 cities established in Japan.
An electric tram
service began in 1911. In 1914, due to heavy rains caused by a typhoon
, the Abe River
flooded, inundating the downtown area. In the national census of 1920, the population of Shizuoka was 74,093. The area of the city continued to expand through the 1920s and 1930s through merger with outlying towns and villages. In 1935, the city was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake
, resulting in much damage. Although soon rebuilt, a large fire in 1940 again destroyed much of the center of the city.
During World War II
, Shizuoka lacked targets of major military significance, and was initially only lightly bombed during several American air raids
. However, in a major firebombing raid of 19 June 1945
, the city suffered an extreme amount of damage with high civilian casualties.
The area of the city continued to expand through the 1950s and 1960s through merger with outlying towns and villages. On 1 October 1964, the Tōkaidō Shinkansen
began services to Shizuoka, and on 25 April 1969 the city was connected to the Tōmei Expressway
. On 7 July 1974, the Abe River flooded, and landslides occurred during heavy rains, killing 23 people.
On 16 August 1980, a major gas leak in an underground shopping center near Shizuoka Station resulted in an explosion, killing 15 people and seriously injuring 233 others. The Shizuoka City Hall moved to new premises in 1986. On 1 April 1992, Shizuoka was designated a core city
by the central government, giving it increased autonomy.
The 1 April 2003 merger
with Shimizu City (current Shimizu Ward
) greatly expanded the area and population of Shizuoka, which then became a designated city
on 1 April 2005,
and was divided into three wards.
Despite being somewhat geographically isolated from the rest of the city, the town of Kanbara
(from Haibara District
) was merged into Shizuoka on 31 March 2006, becoming part of Shimizu Ward. On 1 November 2008, the town of Yui
(also from Haibara District
) was also merged into Shimizu Ward.
* Shizuoka has 35,579 businesses as of 2012.
* Employment by industry: Agriculture 0.1%, Manufacturing: 26.9%, Service 73.0%
* Greater Shizuoka, Shizuoka Urban Employment Area|Metropolitan Employment Area, has a GDP of US$45.8 billion as of 2010.
* Shizuoka's GDP per capita (PPP) 2014 was US$41,472.
Fuji Dream Airlines is headquartered in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka.
;Green tea: Varieties such as ''Motoyama'' and ''Yabukita'' are grown in all corners of the city, and the varieties grown especially in the Warashina area in Aoi Ward and the Ryōgōchi area of Shimizu Ward are known for their high quality
;Strawberries: are strawberries that grow in holes on inclined stone walls, grown especially along an stretch of Kunō Kaidō (route 150), also known as "Strawberry Road", along the coast of Suruga Bay.
;Wasabi :especially in areas such as Utōgi in Aoi Ward
;Mandarin orange and other citrus fruits:especially Satsuma, a seedless and easy-peeling citrus mutant, known as or formally
;Lotus roots: especially in the Asahata area of Aoi Ward
;Roses: especially in the Ihara and Okitsu areas in Shimizu Ward
;Peaches:especially in the Osada area:::
:Especially the Sebago potato. Originally exported to Crookwell
Shimizu Port boasts the largest haul of tuna in all Japan. Kanbara Harbour enjoys a prosperous haul of ''sakura ebi'', and Mochimune Harbour enjoys a prosperous haul of ''shirasu'' sardines.
''Abekawa Mochi'' is a type of rice cake (or ''mochi'') made with ''kinako'' soy flour that is a specialty of Shizuoka.
Shizuoka has a long history of being involved in the craft industries going back over 400 years ago, using trees, including cypress. The model industry goes back to the late 1920s when wood was used to produce model toys, using sashimono woodworking joinery techniques, purely for educational purposes. Craftsmen later moved on to lighter woods including balsa, but following the war, with the importation of US built scale models, many companies either turned to plastic models to compete or went under.
The town has since become internationally notable for its plastic scale model kits and is resident to long-established companies such as Aoshima, Fujimi, Hasegawa, and Tamiya. Another model brand, Bandai, produces its Gundam models exclusively at its Bandai Hobby Center plant in the city. The city hosts the long-running Shizuoka Hobby Show annually in May at Twin Messe Shizuoka.
:a Japanese dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, ''daikon'' radish, ''konnyaku,'' and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured ''dashi'' broth. Oden in Shizuoka uses a dark coloured broth flavoured with beef stock and dark soy sauce. All ingredients are skewered. Dried, ground fish (sardine, mackerel, or ''katsuobushi'') and ''aonori'' powder (edible seaweed) are sprinkled on top before eating.
:rice cakes in a broth cooked with vegetables, popular at New Year
:A grated yam soup. Chojiya, a tororo restaurant founded in 1598 in Mariko-juku area of Shizuoka, west of the Abe River, was made famous by Hiroshige when he depicted it in his series of ''ukiyo-e'' prints of the 53 stops along the Tōkaidō.
There are three main festivals on Shizuoka's calendar.
;: The city's April festival during the high point of the year for cherry blossoms. A flower-viewing procession imitates the ''shōgun'' Tokugawa Ieyasu's custom of taking ''daimyōs'' (feudal lords) to Sengen Shrine to view the cherry blossoms.
;: A gigantic fireworks display held upstream on Shizuoka's Abe River in late July.
;: Street Performance World Cup. Probably the biggest event on Shizuoka's Calendar, it is an annual international busker's festival, held in November. It includes various shows such as juggling, pantomime, magic, etc. Performers come from around the world and perform throughout the central part of the city as well as in some peripheral locations. From 2005, it expanded from a 3-day to a 4-day festival.
With the Shimizu merger, Shimizu S-Pulse became the major soccer club in the city. Recently, however, a new rival club, Fujieda MYFC (from nearby Fujieda), has been rising in the regional league ranks as a contender for a place in the Japan Football League.
The city hosted the official Asian Basketball Championship for Women in 1995 and 1999.
Shizuoka lies on the Tōkaidō Main Line, the JR Central main railway line from Tokyo to Osaka, and is well-served by the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, limited express and regional trains. The central station of Shizuoka is in the city centre. Shizuoka also has an LRT line, the Shizuoka Railway, administered by the Shizuoka Railway Co., Ltd. at Shizuoka Station. The under construction Chūō Shinkansen will pass through the mountainous area in the northern tip of the city. However, the line is not planned to have a station in Shizuoka.
* Central Japan Railway Company - Tōkaidō Shinkansen
* Central Japan Railway Company - Tōkaidō Main Line
* Shizuoka Railway – Shizuoka Railway Shizuoka-Shimizu Line
** – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
* Ōigawa Railway – Ōigawa Railway Ikawa Line
* Tōmei Expressway
* 24px|link=|alt=E1A Shin-Tōmei Expressway
* Chūbu-Ōdan Expressway
The Port of Shimizu-ku, in Shimizu City (now Shimizu Ward), is a long established mid-size sea port, catering to container ships, dry bulk ships and cruise ships.
It is well located, being in between the two major port areas of Japan, i.e. the Tokyo Bay ports of Tokyo, Kawasaki and Yokohama (Keihin ports) and the Osaka Bay ports of Osaka and Kobe (Hanshin ports). The Port of Shimizu has a water depth of about ; its attractiveness has been enhanced over the past years by the construction of new road and rail links which contribute to expanding its commercial hinterland.
In tonnage, imports (about ) are close to twice export volumes, but in trade value exports are twice as valuable as imports.
The Port of Shimizu container traffic is about balanced, with over 250,000 TEU in each direction, with auto parts and chemicals amongst the main cargo types. Major international container lines provide weekly services on major trade routes, including North America, Europe and Asia, with about 110 calls per months on 28 trade routes.
The port of Shimizu also includes a terminal to receive LNG tankers and store imported Liquefied natural gas; it is operated by Shimizu LNG, a subsidiary of Shizuoka Gas (Japan is the world's largest importer of LNG).
The Port of Shimizu is also connected to other Japan ports. In particular, it is served by a Roll-on/roll-off service serving the port of Ōita, on the north-east coast of the southern island of Kyushu. This service, which sails three times a week and has a transit time of 20 hours, has enabled a modal shift of freight trucks from road to sea, thereby contributing to decreasing congestion and pollution on roads.
The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, situated between Makinohara and Shimada.
Colleges and universities
:National university, founded 1949. Main campus in Suruga Ward. Abbreviated to 静大 (''Shizudai'').
;University of Shizuoka
:Public university whose main campus is in Suruga Ward, close to Kusanagi Station.
:Shimizu campus of the Tokyo-based private university
;Tokoha Gakuen University
:Private university founded in 1946
;Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University
:Co-educational private university in Suruga Ward, founded by missionaries from the Methodist Church of Canada with the support of the Shizuoka prefectural government. First institution in Shizuoka Prefecture to offer secondary education for girls, it became a four-year coeducational university in 2002.
;University of Shizuoka Junior College
:Junior college in Suruga Ward, affiliated with University of Shizuoka.
;Tokai University Junior College
:Junior college in Aoi Ward, affiliated with Tokai University.
;Tokoha Gakuen Junior College
:Junior college in Aoi Ward, affiliated with Tokoha Gakuen University.
Primary and secondary education
Shizuoka has 91 elementary schools, 57 middle schools and 27 high schools. In addition there are 29 vocations schools and 12 public libraries.
* Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
* Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art
* Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka
The ''Shizuoka Shimbun'' is the area's primary newspaper.
* NHK Shizuoka (Analogue Channel 9; Digital Channel 1)
* NHK Shizuoka Educational Channel (Analogue Channel 2; Digital Channel 2)
* Shizuoka Broadcasting System (SBS) (Analogue Channel 11; Digital Channel 6)
* TV Shizuoka (Analogue Channel 35; Digital Channel 8)
* Shizuoka Daiichi Television (Analogue Channel 31; Digital Channel 4)
* Shizuoka Asahi Television (Analogue Channel 33; Digital Channel 5)
Shizuoka Cable Television (Dream Wave Shizuoka)
* NHK1 882 kHz
* NHK2 639 kHz
* NHK-FM 88.8 MHz
* SBS 1404 kHz / 93.9 MHz
* K-MIX 79.2 MHz
* FM-Hi！76.9 MHz
* Marine Pal (FM Shimizu) 76.3 MHz
* Guzen Media Japan—A podcast and vidcast based in Shizuoka, Japan
* Miho no Matsubara
In Aoi Ward
;Shizuoka Sengen Shrine
:A collection of Shinto shrines that was patronised by powerful warrior clans since ancient times, most notably the Tokugawa clan.
;Sunpu Park/Sunpu Castle ruins
:The castle of the Imagawa and Tokugawa clans, originally built in 1599, was destroyed in 1869. Today, only the moats remain. The rest was turned into a park, and is now a popular place for hanami.
In Suruga Ward
:Late Yayoi archaeological site notable as the first archaeological site excavated in Japan in which remains of a 1st-century AD Yayoi-era wet-rice Paddy fields were found.
:Shinto shrine that was the original burial place of Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the oldest of the Tōshō-gū shrines in Japan. The main festival of the shrine is held annually on 17 April, although its spring festival from 17–18 February is a larger event.
:Twentieth of the fifty-three stations of the old Tōkaidō road, an old travel route during the Edo period.
In Shimizu Ward
:Famous for the scenic , renowned as a seashore with beautiful green pine trees and white sands spanning over seven kilometers, designated as one of . Also known as the scene of the legend of ''Hagoromo'', which is based on the traditional swan maiden motif.
*Princess Akishino – princess in the Japanese Imperial Family
*Yoshitaka Amano – illustrator and animator, designed the characters for the early ''Final Fantasy'' video game series
*Kazuyoshi Hoshino – racecar driver
*Daisuke Ichikawa – professional football player
*Shohei Ikeda – professional football player
*Toru Irie – professional football player
*Teruyoshi Ito – professional football player
*Yahiro Kazama – professional football player
*Naoya Kikuchi – professional football player
*Hiroki Kobayashi – professional football player
*Tomoaki Kuno – professional football player
*Hidetaka Miyazaki – video game director, creator of the ''Souls'' series
*Fumitake Miura – professional football player
*Kazuyoshi Miura – professional football player
*Yasutoshi Miura – professional football player
*Koki Mizuno – professional football player
*Hisashi Mizutori – Olympic gold medal gymnast
*Kazuyori Mochizuki – professional football player
*Shigeyoshi Mochizuki – professional football player
*Riyo Mori – Miss Universe Japan 2007, Miss Universe 2007
*Yusuke Mori – professional football player
*Ushiomaru Motoyasu – sumo wrestler
*Jun Muramatsu – professional football player
*Go Oiwa – professional football player
*Katsumi Oenoki – professional football player
*Takeshi Oki – professional football player
*Keisuke Ota – professional football player
*Toshihide Saito – professional football player
*Momoko Sakura – cartoonist, creator of ''Chibi Maruko-chan''
*Yuya Sano – professional football player
*Masanori Sekiya – racecar driver
*Hideaki Sena – novelist and pharmacologist
*Keisuke Serizawa – textile designer
*Masatoshi Shima – inventor of the microprocessor
*Kotobuki Shiriagari – Manga artist
*Tadashi Suzuki – Stage director
*Yūichi Suzumoto – novelist
*Toranosuke Takagi – racecar driver
*Nobuhiro Tanabe – politician
*Yoshito Usui – creator of Crayon Shin-chan comics
*Kiyoe Yoshioka – singer, vocalist of Ikimono-gakari
*Takahiro Yamazaki – professional baseball player
*Kaito Yamamoto – professional football player
*Takahiro Yamanishi – professional football player
*Kotaro Yamazaki – professional football player
*Takuya Yokoyama – professional football player
Sister and friendship cities
Shizuoka has twin and friendship relationships with several cities.Domestic Sister Cities & Friendship Cities ‐ 静岡市
Shizuoka website retrieved 8 July 2008
* Stockton, California
, United States (since 16 October 1959)
* Omaha, Nebraska
, United States (since 1 April 1965)
* Shelbyville, Indiana
, United States (since 3 November 1989)
(since 5 November 1991)
* Muroran, Hokkaidō
(since 24 December 1976)
* Jōetsu, Niigata
(since 12 October 1995)
, Vietnam (since 12 April 2005)
* Saku, Nagano
(since 12 October 1989)
* Written: 13 April 2005
* Lyrics: Citizen competition entry
* Music, additions: Kei Ogura
* Arranged: Shin Kawabe
* Eri Itō
sang on the CD release
Daidogei World Cup in ShizuokaKnow Shizuoka – The independent Guide
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