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Japan: Avoiding Faux Pas In Japan

Here under Japan, you will find travel information classified by city or region of Japan, as well as general information.

Japan is made of over 3,000 islands, the largest of them being Honshu. Japan's population is 127 million; its land area 146,000 square miles (the size of Germany; or California).

The first inhabitants of Japan arrived over land bridges from Korea and Siberia more than 30,000 years ago. In 10,000 BC, the Jomon people started to make clay items - the world's earliest known form of pottery.

From the 17th century, Japan became extremely isolated. This period lasted for two and a half centuries, a time known as the Edo period. In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry forced the opening of Japan and the shogunate resigned to return the emperor to power.

Mt FujiJapan's highest mountain is Mount Fuji, at 12,385 feet. Earthquakes and volcanic activity occur several times each century.

Tokyo is Japan's capital, with a population of 12.5 million.

Japan's main religions are Shintoism (54%) and Buddhism (40%).

Travel to Japan is trouble-free; Japan is one of the safest countries on earth. Travel destinations are:

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial - ruins after the atomic bombing
  • Hyogo prefecture: Himeji castle (17th century), Kobe (Port, Chinatown, Western influence)
  • Kyoto (1600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, palaces, gardens)
  • Nara prefecture (Todaiji temple, the world's largest wooden building hosting the world's largest gilded bronze Buddha; UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Itsukushima Shrine

Often Japanese refer also to the Three Views of Japan. These are a list of Japan's most famous sights, a little like the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. These 3 views of Japan are:

  1. Matsushima Bay, Miyagi prefecture
  2. Amanohashidate, Kyoto prefecture
  3. Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima prefecture
Lastly, Mount Fuji (Fuji Yama), a semi-active volcano, is a travel destination as well. Mt Fuji is an nice volcanic cone and an icon of Japanese art.

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