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Shimane Prefecture


Prefecture/City: Shimane Prefecture
Capital/Prefecture: Matsue City
Governor/Mayor: Zenbei Mizoguchi
Area: 6,708 square km (2,590 square miles)
Population: 702,237 as of October 2013
Flower: Peony
Tree: Japanese black pine
Bird: Swan
Business & Industry:

Facing the Sea of Japan, the prefecture is abundant with a wide variety of different kinds of fish, enjoying a good haul especially of horse mackerel, Japanese amberjack and red snow crabs. In the eastern part of the prefecture, major steel makers and electronics component makers are located.

Tourism & Culture:

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, is said to have been built in the mythical age with no specific date of establishment recorded. It is designated a Japan National Treasure. The Oki Islands, an isolated archipelago north of the prefectural coast, offer a wild natural environment.

Famous for:

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its neighboring towns were designated World Heritage sites in 2007. The mine operated for about 400 years after its discovery in 1526.