Japan is an island country surrounded by the sea. About 75% of its area is mountainous. Japan has four seasons, and you can enjoy its beautiful nature throughout the year. This wonderful country is also rich in traditional culture and historical heritage such as Kabuki, flower arrangement, calligraphy, etc., which attracts many people from overseas to visit it. It is known as an economic powerhouse, and recently, Japanese culture, such as anime, manga, games, and movies, has been attracting much attention. Japan is a country where nature, history, and technology coexist in harmony. And what excites you about Japan?
Average lifespan of men and women
The longest in the world.
(Source: WHO World Health Statistics 2021)
Number of movies produced
4th most in the world (2017 data)
(Source: "World Statistics" of 2020 and 2021, Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
2021 World Population Ranking
(Source: State of World Population 2021 | UNFPA)
Official Development Assistance (ODA) Expenditure
4th most in the world
(Source: OECD - Statistics on resource flows to developing countries (April 2021))
2021 World GDP Ranking
(Source: IMF current prices)
Features of each region of Japan
Utilizing the vast land which is almost 22% of the nation's land, industry in Hokkaido is mainly agriculture and dairy farming. It is also blessed with bountiful seafood. Being the most northern area of Japan, the winters here are very cold and even in the summers, it is cool. The Snow Festival in Sapporo is one of the biggest events that attract many visitors.
This region produces about 28% of the rice of the country, which is the staple food of most Japanese. The production of fruits like apples, cherries, and peaches is also strong. There are many festivals unique to each prefecture, like the "Nebuta" of Aomori Pref, "Kanto" of Akita Pref, and "Hanagasa" of Yamagata Pref, and many more.
Being the center of politics, economy, and industries, this region has almost 32% of the whole population of Japan. The coast area is a busy port for factories production lines and shipping, the central area is the core for business and culture, and the inland area is rich in agriculture. Each area shows its uniqueness.
The Chubu region sits in the middle of Japan. The side facing the Sea of Japan sees lots of snow and is active in rice farming. The side facing the Pacific Ocean is warm in climate and produces tangerines and Japanese green tea. It also has an industrial area centered in the city of Nagoya at Aichi Prefecture.
Kinki Region is the core of Western Japan and is as important as the Kanto Region. There are many cities that are very unique, starting with Kyoto and Nara which retain Japanese traditions, and cities like Osaka and Kobe where modern buildings shape the skyline.
The Sea of Japan side of the Chugoku snows a lot in winter, whereas it rains heavily in summer on the side of the Pacific Ocean of Shikoku. The Setouchi Sea is warm throughout the year. There are many tiny islands and you can see a peaceful view from the bridge connecting Chugoku Region and Shikoku Region.
Kyushu, once a window to overseas trade, has many historical sites of foreign culture. The northern part is an industrial area while the south is engaged in agriculture. The fishery is also thriving in this region due to the ocean current. Okinawa, with its beautiful ocean, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan.