HONSHU JAPAN

Honshu JapanHonshu (本州) is the largest island of Japan, called the Mainland; it is south of Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, north of Shikoku across the Inland Sea, and northeast of Kyushu across the Kanmon Strait. Honshu is the seventh largest island, and the second most populous island in the world after Java.

Honshu is roughly 1300 km long and ranges from 50 to 230 km wide, and its total area is 230,500 kmĀ², around 60% of the total area of Japan. It is larger than the island of Great Britain, and ranks between the states of Minnesota and Michigan in area. Honshu has 5450 km of coastline.

Mountainous and volcanic, Honshu has frequent earthquakes (the Great Kanto Earthquake heavily damaged Tokyo in September 1923); the highest peak is the active volcano Mount Fuji at 3,776 m. There are many rivers, including the Shinano River, Japan's longest. The climate is highly variable from the cool north to the subtropical south.

HONSHU POPULATION

The population is 98,352,000 (as of 1990, in 1975 it was 89,101,702), concentrated in the available lowlands, notably in the Kanto plain where 25% of the total population reside in and around Tokyo and Yokohama. Other cities include Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, Sendai, and Nagoya. The island is nominally divided into five regions and contains 34 prefectures, including metropolitan Tokyo.

HONSHU ISLANDS

Honshu

Honshu
Honshu is the largest island of Japan and is also referred to as the mainland or main island. Honshu includes the largest cities of Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Honshu is the seve...

Author: Craig Fryer

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JAPAN TRAVEL

JAPAN DESTINATIONS


Beppu
Fukuoka
Hakodate
Hakone
Himeji
Hiroshima
Kagoshima
Kamakura
Kanazawa
Kansai Airport
Kobe
Kyoto
Matsumoto
Matsuyama
Mt Fuji
Nagano
Nagasaki
Nagoya
Nara
Narita Airport
Nikko
Niseko
Okinawa
Osaka
Sapporo
Shirakawa-go
Takayama
Tokushima
Tokyo
Yamagata
Yokohama

REGIONS
Chubu
Chugoku
Hokkaido
Kansai
Kanto
Kyushu
Shikoku
Tohoku

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Prefectures


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