Shizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay.
July 1, 2005-The cities of Tenry┼ź and Hamakita and the towns of Haruno (from ShuchiDistrict), Hosoe, Inasa and Mikkabi (from InasaDistrict), Sakuma, Misakubo and Tatsuyama (from IwataDistrict), Maisaka and Yuto (from HamanaDistrict) merged into the city of Hamamatsu.
The city of Shimada(2nd one) is scheduled to merge the town of Kawane from HaibaraDistrict on April 1, 2007.
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