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A Guide to the Government Office

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The Shizuoka Prefectural Government Office is located a ten-minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station on the grounds of the former Sumpu Castle, which was built in 1585 by the great Edo period shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The office consists of four buildings: the West Building, Central Building, East Building, and the Annex Building. The Annex Building was constructed in 1996 and functions as the prefectural government’s emergency response headquarters in the case of a major crisis such as the Tokai Earthquake, a large earthquake predicted to hit the region someday in the relatively near future. The Annex Building also has an observation area on its twenty-first floor, which can be visited free of charge. The Central Building, built in 1937, is a five-story reinforced concrete structure and has been classified by the Japanese government as a Tangible Cultural Property.

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