DISCOVER the SPIRIT of JAPAN
Discover the Tradition and Culture of the Beautiful Island of Japan
Discover Something About Japan
The main island of Japan is called Honshu, and the north island is called Hokaido. Japan– also known as “Nippon” to the locals– is a unique island nation. The land of the rising sun is a combination of modern infrastructure and ancient history. For the traveler that wants to see it all and do it all, Japan is an ideal location. With plenty of things for people of all ages, Japan welcomes tourists from all over the world.
Japan is 377,972 square foot island. This makes it smaller than California, and larger than Germany. It is made up of 6,852 islands, and 66 percent of these islands are covered in trees. 120 million people call Japan their home.
The currency in Japan is the Japanese yen, which is roughly equivalent to cents. Debit or credit cards are rare, and there is limit to access to public wifi.
A popular agriculture technique is terraced gardens because of lack of arable land.
There is an elected prime minister as well as an emperor. The emperor is the ceremonial head of state, and the prime minister is the head of cabinet and executive head. Japan is a democracy.
Japan is a fascinating mix of modern technology and ancient history. You can find many castles and temples here, as well as ancient preserved forests. Traditional Shinto myths say the goddess Amaterasu created Japan.
The Japanese people have the longest life expectancy in the world. The traditional diet includes fresh fish from the Pacific, vegetables, rice, miso and many herbal teas or green tea. It has the second lowest homicide rate in the world, after Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, it is one of the top ten safest places to live.
Filled with delicious restaurants, museums, and an excellent public transportation system, Japan is an island filled with mystery even for lifelong residents. As of 2012, the country has a total of 98 airports. The economy of Japan is the third largest in the world, and it leads the world in many sectors. Education is a priority here, with students in school for longer duration than in other parts of the world.
Japanese people speak mostly Japanese, and English is not widely spoken. The Japanese people are famously polite, and the language has 3 ways of saying “I love you” and 20 ways of saying “I’m sorry”.
Areas of Japan are divided into 43 ken, or prefecture. Each prefecture is home to more than a million people, dozens of towns, local attractions and festivals.
Japan possesses 13.7% of the world’s total wealth. They lead the world in comprehension tests and scores. The landscape is very diverse, with some areas having active volcanos and tropical forests, and others are snowy mountainpeaks. There are many traditions and festivals that are preserved, and the island has a culture that is unique in the world.
While you are in Japan, there are plenty of new rules and cultural subtleties that you should be aware of. Our guidebook talks about some of the frequent etiquette moves that someone new to Japan might not be aware of. With a little bit of proper planning and preparation, you can make your trip a lot more comfortable and make new friends.
Japan has plenty of unique culinary options for you to explore. While you are there, be sure to try out some of your favorite recipes, and some new ones as well. There are also chain restaurants and food from different places in the world. Enjoy local specialties, or try something more mainstream. Japanese take great care in providing healthy and nutritious food. This reflects in the longevity and healthiness of their people.