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The prefecture was previously divided into Suruga Province and Izu Province. The most noted history of the prefecture is that it was once home to the first Tokugawa Shogun. The region was held by Tokugawa Ieyasu until he conquered the lands of the Hojo clan in the Kanto region and gave his lands to a retainer of Oda Nobunaga. After becoming shogun Tokugawa took the land back for his family.
Shizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps , while further east it becomes a narrower coast bounded on the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.
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