Honshu


Honshu
/hon"shooh/; Japn. /hawn"shooh/, n.
an island in central Japan: chief island of the country. 95,580,000; 88,851 sq. mi. (230,124 sq. km). Also called Hondo.

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Island (pop., 2001 est.: 102,681,000), Japan.

The largest of the four main islands of Japan, its coastline extends 6,266 mi (10,084 km); it has an area of 87,992 sq mi (227,898 sq km). It is regarded as the Japanese mainland, and much of the country's early history took place in its southwestern region. Honshu's Pacific coast is the country's main economic centre, lined with the metropolitan areas of Tokyo-Yokohama, Nagoya, and Ōsaka-Kōbe. Honshu contains Japan's tallest mountain, Mount Fuji, and its largest lake, Lake Biwa.

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 largest of the four main islands of Japan, lying between the Pacific Ocean (east) and the Sea of Japan (west). It forms a northeast–southwest arc extending about 800 miles (1,287 km) and varies greatly in width. The coastline extends 6,266 miles (10,084 km). Honshu has an area of 87,992 square miles (227,898 square km) and contains almost three-fourths of the total number of ken (prefectures) of Japan.

      Honshu is regarded as the Japanese mainland. Much of the country's early history took place in its southern region. The Pacific coast is the country's main economic centre, lined with the metropolitan areas of Tokyo–Yokohama and Ōsaka–Kōbe. Honshu contains Japan's largest mountain, Mount Fuji, and its largest lake, Lake Biwa.

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