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|City of Shizuoka|
Location of Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture
|• Designated city||1,411.90 km2 (545.14 sq mi)|
(December 1, 2019)
|• Designated city||690,881|
|• Density||489.3271/km2 (1,267.351/sq mi)|
| • Metro
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Flowering dogwood|
|• Bird||Common kingfisher|
|Address||5-1 Ōtemachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 420-8602|
Shizuoka is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and the prefecture's second-largest city in both population and area. It has been populated since prehistoric times. As of 1 December 2019[update], the city had an estimated population of 690,881 in 106,087 households, and a population density of 489 persons per km².
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".
- Granship is a large, public convention facility designed by architect Arata Isozaki.
- Miho no Matsubara is a place on the Miho peninsula with pine trees and views of Mount Fuji on a clear day. The pine groves were added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site in 2013.
- Nihondaira is a 308-metre hill in central Shizuoka with good views of Mount Fuji, the Izu Peninsula, and Shimizu Bay.
- Kunōzan Tōshō-gū was the original burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
- New Tower was built in Sumpujou Park in 2013.
- Shizuoka University
- Tokai University
- Tokoha Gakuen University
- Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University
People from Shizuoka
- Princess Akishino—princess in the Japanese Imperial Family
- Masafumi Goto—lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the J-rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation
- Koji Gyotoku—football player and coach of Bhutan national football team
- Keiko Masuda—Singer, "Kei" of female pop music duo Pink Lady
- Kazuyoshi Miura—football player
- Riyo Mori—Miss Universe 2007
- Mitsuyo Nemoto—Singer, "Mie" of Pink Lady
- Momoko Sakura—cartoonist, creator of Chibi Maruko-chan
- Atsuto Uchida—football player
- Yoshito Usui—creator of Crayon Shin-Chan
- Takahiro Yamada—bassist of Asian Kung-Fu Generation
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