Honshu is Japan's main island, home to most of the population, major sites and visitors.
Honshu is divided into several regions - Kanto, Chubu, Tohoku, Kansai, and Chugokai Shikoku - each with a unique flavour. The north is harsh and mountainous, the south flat and fertile. In between you'll find the central spine of the Japan Alps, famed for it's skiing and hot springs, the iconic Mt Fuji and Lake Ashi in the Hakone National Park and the religious sites of Mount Takao and Mount Koya.
Jump on a Shinkansen bullet train to hop between the buzz of Tokyo, culture of Kyoto and history of Nara and Kamakura. From the great cities of Osaka and Nagoya to the rural relaxation of the western plateau, Honshu is the heart of Japan.
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Hopping between the paradise islands of Japan and the Philippines, you’ll enjoy fine dining, open bars and a full spread of guided excursions.
Top itineraries in Honshu
Get a taste of this multi-faceted country in private Tokyo tours, country inn stays, bullet train trips and world famous temples.
Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.
Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.
Top places to stay in Honshu
This ‘Lost in Translation’ centrepiece towers over Shinjuku’s contagious energy and makes for luxury stays in the city centre.
Despite being the first luxury international hotel in Kyoto, fine Japanese dining and clean lines complemented by bonsai trees and tatami mats give this deluxe hotel a real sense of place.
Where to go in Honshu
You needn't travel far from Tokyo's neon-hazed streets to escape the world's ultimate metropolis and uncover a softer side to Japan.
Hakone is well loved for two attractions in particular - the iconic view of sacred, symmetrical Mount Fuji seen across Lake Ashi, and its high concentration of bubbling onsen (hot springs).
As the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, Kyoto is filled with a wealth of cultural treasures - among them 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines.
When to go to Honshu
We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.
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