Japan: General Information and Facts

Japan has the world's third-largest economy, a rich culture, and technical expertise. The country is seventy-five percent mountainous, with the other twenty-five percent being flat low lands. A comprehensive collection of islands makes up Japan which extends 3,000 kilometers from the north down to the south. There are four major islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku.

Japan has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Some of the most wonderful and picturesque scenery are the spring cherry blossoms and during the autumn season with the radiant red, orange, and yellow colored leaves.

Find out the leading places to visit in Japan based on experiences from travelers throughout the world.

map of Japan

Capital: Tokyo; (largest city)
Leader: Head of State: Emperor Akihito
Leader: Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe
Government type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government
Population: 128,056,000 million (source: Ethnologue)
Languages: Japanese (official), Chinese (150,000), English (70,000) 1.
Ethnic Diversity: Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, Other 0.6% (Filipinos and Brazilians)
Life Expectancy: 83.2 years (world's longest life expectancy)
Official Currency: Yen (¥)
Check currency against the Yen

It is usually clear and bright in Autumn. Winters are often very snowy in the north and west and warmer in other parts. The springtime is customarily comfortably enjoyable, while the summers are hot along with humidity

National Holiday: 11 Feb. - National Foundtion Day (kenkoku kinenbi)
Religion: Shintoism, Buddhism
Area: total: 377,864 sq km (145,894 sq miles)
Country Dialing Code: +81
[1] Ethnologue
[2] IndexMundi

Videos about Asia

Latest Tweet

Check out what's going on around the globe @ExploringAbroad

Follow us on Twitter