The “Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan is situated in northeast Asia sandwiched between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. It is made up of four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, in addition to more than 4,000 smaller ones.
Japan is a land of contrasts combining an amazing mix of ancient traditions, modern day qualities and futuristic technologies. It is a powerhouse of fashion, entertainment, culture and a flourishing economy.
Visitors to Japan can see everything from the often volcanic mountains like Mount Fuji, to coastal strips, and twisting valleys. The hot springs of Hanamaki-onsen consisting of eight separate springs have been enjoyed by people from all over the world. Matsumae-koen Park with its 250 varieties of cheery trees in addition plum trees is a sight to behold during the flowering season. The country is well connected with an exceptional public transport, rail and air facilities and visiting the different venues is trouble free.
Each of Japan’s major cities has unique offerings for their visitors. Kyoto was Japan’s imperial capital for more than a thousand years. Some of the oldest temples and traditional gardens can be seen here. Today Hiroshima is a vibrant city, but one can’t help being reminded of mankind’s inhumanity when visiting Peace Park. Nara, located just a short hop from Kyoto is world renowned for its park with herds of deer.
Area: 377,873 square km, almost the size of Germany and Switzerland combined
Language: Japanese, but many people can understand English as it is part of compulsory education.
People: Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%,
Major religions: Shinto and Buddhism.
Type of government: constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government.
Currency: yen (¥)