Shimane Prefecture

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Shimane Prefecture
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Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese [島根県 Shimane-ken] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)
Official logo of Shimane Prefecture
Symbol
Location of Shimane Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku
Island Honshū
Capital Matsue
Government
 • Governor Nobuyoshi Sumita
Area
 • Total 6,707.29 km2 (2,589.70 sq mi)
Area rank 18th
Population (October 1, 2000)
 • Total 761,503
 • Rank 46th
 • Density 114/km2 (300/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-32
Districts 8
Municipalities 23
Flower Moutan peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
Tree Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Bird Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Website www.pref.shimane.jp/
section/kokusai/foreign/

Shimane Prefecture (島根県, Shimane-ken) is located in the Chūgoku region on Honshū island, Japan. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, next to the Tottori Prefecture that is a neighboring prefecture on the east side. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. There is Izumo Taisha in Izumo City, which is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.

The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Dokdo (Takeshima).

History

Old provinces

Geography

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Map of Shimane Prefecture.

Cities

Eight cities are located in Shimane Prefecture:

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:

Hikawa
Iinan
Tsuwano
Yoshika
Okuizumo
Kawamoto
Misato
Oonan
Ama
Chibu
Nishinoshima
Okinoshima
Higashiizumo

Mergers

Economy

Demographics

Culture

Universities in Shimane Prefecture

Tourism

Prefectural symbols

Miscellaneous topics

See also

External links

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