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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 (second term)




6707.86 km2 (October 2023)
19th largest of 47 prefectures


648,000(as of December 2023)
Men: 314,000 Women: 334,000
46th most populated of 47 prefectures


Nominal: JPY 2.6707 trillion
Real: JPY 2.6216 trillion (both in fiscal 2021)


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 manufacturing; steel; electronic components, devices and circuitry


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

Number of visitors

25,950,000 (2022)

Administrative divisions

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

Official website


Sources:Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, Statistical Information of Shimane, Fiscal 2021 Shimane Prefecture “Report on Prefectural Accounts,” 2022 Shimane Prefecture “Report on Tourism Dynamics"

(As of March, 2024)