Japan at a Glance:
Islands, Prefectures and Cities

Honshu

Japan's main islands

Honshu: Japan's Main Island

The island of Honshu consists of 5 regions.

Chugoku Region is Honshu's tail, so to speak, and lies between the Sea of Japan and the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. This area includes the following prefectures:


Chubu Region is a belt covering the center of the island which stretches from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean and includes the following prefectures:

Kanto Region is probably one of the most well known areas of Japan as it is host to Tokyo and Narita. It lies on the Pacific Ocean side of the island and encompasses the following prefectures:

Kinki Region is a belt that extends across the lower part of the island from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean and includes the following prefectures:

Tohoku Region lies on the top portion of the main island extending in a band from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean. This region hosts the following prefectures:

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