Honshū (本州) is the largest island of Japan, housing the great majority of its population and hosting most of the visitors as well. Due to its size it commonly subdivided into smaller regions. From northeast to southwest:
- Tohoku is the remote northern part of the island, known for seafood, skiing and hot springs.
- Kanto is the eastern plateau dominated by capital Tokyo, the world's largest city, and shadowed by Mt. Fuji, Japan's iconic mountain.
- Chubu is the central section, which includes Nagoya, the Japan Alps, and the Ise shrine.
- Kansai is the western plateau, home to Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
- Chugoku is the western tip near Kyushu, a largely rural area best known as the site of Hiroshima.