A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|Area:||1,412 square km (545.2 square miles)|
|Population:||709,147 as of January 2014|
Business & Industry:
Known as Sunpu, Shizuoka prospered as a castle town under Tokugawa Ieyasu. Japanese tea cultivation originated in Shizuoka and it’s still grown there. Secondary industry manufacturers operate around Shimizu port, and Shizuoka’s world-famous plastic model production evolved from its long-standing wood-processing industry.
Tourism & Culture:
Kogarashi-no-mori Island sits mid-river; Shimizu Funakoshi-Zutsumi Park is famous for cherry blossoms; 8th-century Seikenji Temple is known for its Japanese garden; Tokein temple is famous for plum blossoms; and Reizanji Temple is known for its antique architecture. The city hosts a zoo and the prefectural museum has 32 Rodin sculptures.
The Bandai Hobby Center is the only place in the world that designs and produces plastic Gundam models. The city also has historic hot springs and numerous picturesque sites.