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The largest island of Japan, in the central part of the country between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean.


(Placename) the largest of the four main islands of Japan, between the Pacific and the Sea of Japan; regarded as the Japanese mainland; includes a number of offshore islands and contains most of the main cities. Pop: 102 324 961 (2000). Area: 230 448 sq km (88 976 sq miles). Also called: Hondo


(ˈhɒn ʃu)

an island in central Japan: chief island of the country. 88,851 sq. mi. (230,124 sq. km).
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Noun1.Honshu - the central and largest of the four main islands of JapanHonshu - the central and largest of the four main islands of Japan; between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean; regarded as the Japanese mainland
Japan, Japanese Archipelago, Japanese Islands - a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
Japanese capital, Tokio, Tokyo, Yeddo, Yedo, capital of Japan, Edo - the capital and largest city of Japan; the economic and cultural center of Japan
Nagano - a city in central Honshu to the northwest of Tokyo; site of a Buddhist shrine
Nagoya - an industrial city in southern Honshu
Omiya - a city of east central Honshu; a suburb of Tokyo
Osaka - port city on southern Honshu on Osaka Bay; a commercial and industrial center of Japan
Yokohama - port city on southeastern Honshu in central Japan
Kobe - a port city in Japan on Osaka Bay in southern Honshu; was damaged by an earthquake in 1995
Kyoto - a city in central Japan on southern Honshu; a famous cultural center that was once the capital of Japan
Hiroshima - a port city on the southwestern coast of Honshu in Japan; on August 6, 1945 Hiroshima was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated area
Toyohashi - a Japanese city in southern Honshu on the Pacific shore
Toyonaki - a Japanese city in southern Honshu; main residential suburb of Osaka
Toyota - an industrial city of Japan in southern Honshu
Asama, Mount Asama - a volcano in central Honshu near Nagano; one of the largest volcanoes in Japan (8,340 feet)
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Until 1986, traveling to Shikoku from Honshu involved either flying of catching a ferry across the Inland Sea.
The rainy season began Tuesday in Honshu and Shikoku islands following its start in Kyushu on Monday, the Meteorological Agency said.
The utmost security of sea traffic needs to be maintained because there are so many ships going through the Kanmon Strait (between the two main islands of Honshu and Kyushu) on a daily basis and anti-whaling groups may conduct demonstrations at sea,'' the coast guard said.
Eighteen months ago, the Honshu Chapter had less than $200, and so began a crusade to raise money in order to give back to the community.
9 C in Akita, both in the northern part of the Honshu main island, the agency said.
Here, Fred Thompson examines ancient rituals still performed in Honshu, and suggests that the notion of place and monument, which is very strong even at sea, is defined by people's actions rather than by fixed objects.
East Japan Railway Company's Tohoku Shinkansen, the bullet train that operates from Tokyo to Northern Honshu Island, extended its service on December 1st from Morioka Station in Iwate Prefecture, 289 miles northeast of Tokyo, to Hachinohe Station in Aomori Prefecture.
shortly after 5:00 pm (0800 GMT), and was expected to cut across Japan s main island of Honshu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Downpours could hit western parts of Japan's main island of Honshu on Tuesday, the agency said.
T Malvern Honshu are due to arrive at Port Qasim on same day.
As civil engineering feats go, the airport is prize-winningly impressive: located on a 1,300-acre, man-made island linked to the main island of Honshu by a 3.
The typhoon, the season's fourth, landed in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku island shortly before noon and then passed near Wakayama city, Wakayama Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu.