Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Shimane Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Tatsuya Maruyama, Governor
Assumed the governorship in April 2019 (first term)




6708.27 km2 (2018)
19th largest of 47 prefectures


674,974 (as of April 2019)
Men: 325,458 Women: 349,516
46th most populated of 47 prefectures


Nominal:  JPY 2.5657 trillion
Real:  JPY 2.4940 trillion (both in FY2015)


Matsue City

Geographical features

Shimane is located in the western part of Honshu. It is long and narrow, stretching about 230 km in length along the Sea of Japan. The Oki Islands are located 40 ~ 80 km north of the Shimane Peninsula. The prefecture has a rich and diversified natural landscape that includes mountains, rivers, seas, forests and rice paddies.

Main industries

Information and communication equipment manufacture; steel; electronic components, devices and circuitry


Prefectural tree: Black pine
Prefectural flower: Peony
Prefectural bird: Swan
Prefectural fish : Flying fish

Number of visitors

31,133,000 (2018)

Administrative divisions

Shimane Prefecture --- 8 cities, 10 towns, 1 village

Official website

Sources:Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, Statistics Information Database (Shimane  

               Prefectural Government), Annual Calculation of Economy 2015 (Shimane Prefectural 

               Government), Shimane Prefecture Tourism Statistics 2018

(As of May, 2019)