Shizuoka City

Shizuoka City

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is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and the second-largest city of that prefecture in terms of both population and area. It became one of Japan's 19 designated cities in 2005.


Shizuoka City centrally located in Shizuoka Prefecture, about halfway between Tokyo and Nagoya along the Tokaido Corridor, sandwiched 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, Gifu merged with nine surrounding municipalities.

The total area is . Shizuoka is currently the 5th largest city in Japan in terms of geographic area after Takayama, Hamamatsu, NikkĊ 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.

Basic data

  • Area of densely populated region: 98.8km²
  • Urban planning area: 223.0km²
  • Area zoned for urbanization: 99.2km²

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