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Shimane Prefectur (島根県, Shimane-ken) is a prefectur o Japan locatit in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island.[1] The caipital is Matsue.[2] It is the seicont least populous prefectur in Japan, efter its eastren neighbor Tottori. The prefectur haes an aurie elongatit frae east tae wast facin the Chūgoku Muntain Range on the sooth side an tae the Sea o Japan on the north side. It is dividit intae the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the Wast an the Oki Region, a smaa group o islands aff the northren coast. Maist o the ceeties are near the shoreline o the Sea o Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo Ceety is ane o the auldest Shinto shrines in Japan.

Shimane Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese 島根県
 • Rōmaji Shimane-ken
Offeecial logo o Shimane Prefecture
Location of Shimane Prefecture
Kintra Japan
Region Chūgoku
Island Honshu
Caipital Matsue
 • Govrenor Zenbee Mizoguchi
 • Total 6,707.95 km2 (2,589.95 sq mi)
Aurie rank 18t
Population (October 11, 2011)
 • Tot 712,336
 • Rank 46t
 • Density 106/km2 (270/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-32
Destricts 5
Municipalities 19
Flouer Moutan peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
Tree Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Bird Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Fish Flyin Fish

The Oki Islands in the Sea o Japan are an aa pairt o Shimane Prefectur, which an aa claims tae hae jurisdiction ower the Sooth Korea-controlled island o Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima).


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shimane Province" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 859 at Google Books; "Chūgoku" at p. 127 at Google Books
  2. Nussbaum, "Matsue" at p. 617 at Google Books