Introducing the country
Land of shrines and temples with densely populated cities, beautiful national parks and an abundant history, Japan is part skyscraper-clad jungle, part idyllic countryside, with plenty of cu...
Land of shrines and temples with densely populated cities, beautiful national parks and an abundant history, Japan is part skyscraper-clad jungle, part idyllic countryside, with plenty of culture to devour.
Only 430 of Japan's 6852 islands are inhabited by its 126 million residents. Honshū, Shikoku, Hokkaidō and Kyūshū are the biggest four and make up 97% of the land area. Curving around mainland Asia and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, Japan has 18,486 miles of coastline and has the highest natural disaster risk of all the developed nations. It is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where around 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur.
From a cultural perspective, Japan has it all. Food offerings are often traditional, with rice and miso soup being an integral base to all kinds of cuisine, and raw fish options like sushi and sashimi appearing on many a menu. With a rich heritage including kabuki (a form of Japanese theatre) and the traditional geisha, Japan's entertainment is also a thriving industry.
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Best way to get around
Easily one of the best ways to get around Japan is by train. It's quick and reliable with easily accessible maps and timetables.
Taxis are plentiful in Japan, but it is recommended to have your destination written down in Japanese to avoid misunderstandings.
Buses are more difficult to use than trains for tourists because of the lack of English signage. Fares are usually paid at the end of a journey.
If you want to explore then consider hiring a car to see more of this beautiful country.