An Overview of Japan for Travelers

For such a tiny total landmass, Japan has left an undeniable stamp on human history.

If you are considering Japan as a destination, here is an overview of the country.

An Overview of Japan for Travelers

Extending along the eastern coast of Asia, Japan is a country consisting of a collection of islands.

The mainland, as we think of it, is the island of Honshu.

There are three other large islands, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu, and roughly 3,000 much smaller islands comprising what we call Japan.

Put together, the total land mass is slightly smaller than California. The geography throughout the islands is mountainous, best exemplified by Mt. Fuji at 12,385 feet.

As you might expect, the island country is inherently recognition of a volcanic are and Japan experiences earthquakes fairly frequently, some on a large scale.

Japan is an extremely urbanized country with most people living in major cities.

The two prominent religions are Shintoism and Buddhism. The belief systems are harmonious and often share the same temples.