Shizuoka Prefecture is located in the central part of Honshu, Japan, on the Pacific coast. Mount Fuji is located in the northeastern part of the prefecture. The prefecture covers an area of 7,780 square kilometers and has a population of 3.79 million. Its prefectural flower is the azalea, the tree is the sweet osmanthus, and the bird is the Japanese paradise flycatcher.
The county's mountainous areas account for 65% of the total area plains account for 32%, and rivers and lakes account for 3%. The largest lake in the prefecture is Lake Hamana, and the relatively large rivers are Tenryugawa, Oigawa, Abekawa, and Fujikawa. The Izu Peninsula in the southeastern part of the prefecture is known for its scenery in the spring and numerous hot springs, earning it the name "hot spring peninsula.” The seat of the county government is located in the city of Shizuoka, and the largest industrial and commercial city in the prefecture is Hamamatsu.
Shizuoka Prefecture is known for growing tea leaves and oranges, and the tea leaves grown there account for half of the total amount grown in Japan. Netted melons, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and other agricultural products are among the best in the country as well. Shizuoka occupies an important part of the fishing industry and produces many freshwater fish including salmon, tuna, and eel.
The prefecture has gorgeous natural scenery and is surrounded by mountains and the sea. Mount Fuji, Hakone, and Izu are all famous attractions within Japan and are frequented by all types of tourists. Mount Fuji is more than 3,800 meters above sea level and the highest mountain in Japan. An active volcano, it has been dormant for nearly 300 years since its last eruption in 1707. The open top of it is covered with snow throughout the year, making the volcano function like a reservoir, continuously depositing water into the mountain. The Izu Peninsula is famous for its beautiful scenery, warm climate, and hot springs. There are many visitors throughout the year.
Shizuoka Prefecture has a mild climate, abundant rainfall, an average annual temperature of 16°C, and an average annual rainfall of around 2300 mm.