Shizuoka (city)

Shizuoka (静岡市, Shizuoka-shi, [ɕizɯꜜoka]) 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, the city had an estimated population of 690,881 in 106,087 households,[3] and a population density of 490 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,300/sq mi).

Shizuoka
静岡市
City of Shizuoka[1]
Top left: Aoba Symbol Road; Top right: Shimizu Port
Middle: Tōkaidō Shinkansen & Urban area
Aoi Tower,Keyaki Street,Higashi-Shizuoka subcenter,Gofukucho, Kunozan Toshogu
Location of Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture
Shizuoka
 
Coordinates: 34°58′32″N 138°22′58″E
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureShizuoka Prefecture
First official record663 AD
City Status1 April 1889;
132 years ago
 (1889-04-01)
Government
  MayorNobuhiro Tanabe
Area
  Designated city1,411.90 km2 (545.14 sq mi)
Population
 (1 December 2019)
  Designated city690,881
  Density490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
  Metro
[2] (2015)
988,056 (18th)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeFlowering dogwood
• FlowerHollyhock
• BirdCommon kingfisher
Phone number054-254-2111
Address5-1 Ōtemachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 420-8602
WebsiteOfficial website
Shizuoka
"Shizuoka" in kanji
Japanese name
Kanji静岡
Hiraganaしずおか
Katakanaシズオカ

The city's name is made up of two kanji, 静 shizu, meaning "still" or "calm"; and 岡 oka, meaning "hill(s)".[4] 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".


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