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Shimane

ken (prefecture), southwestern Honshu, Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. It includes the Oki Archipelago. The interior is composed chiefly of a volcanic mountain chain, and the coast is dotted with numerous associated hot springs. In the north, the Shimane Peninsula encloses Lake Shinji, a popular resort area.

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