Destination | Japan
Geographic Location: East Asia
Capital City: Tokyo
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Quick Conversions: $1 USD = ¥110 JPY
Climate: Varies by the region from a subtropical climate in the southernmost Okinawa to a humid continental climate in the northernmost Hokkaido.
Famous for: Cherry Blossoms, Mt. Fuji, hot springs, Japanese gardens, Shinto shrines & torii gates, Samurai, Sumo wrestling, Harajuku fashion, animation and manga, gastronomy, etc.
Japan is one of the most popular Asian destinations, attracting 30+ million visitors annually with its natural beauty, intriguing culture and rich history.
This island country in East Asia consists of four main islands of Honshu (includes the capital city of Tokyo), Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, as well as other 6,000+ small islands. As these islands stretch from north to south, the country boasts rich and diverse natural beauty from Mount Fuji and hot springs to various flowers. On the other hand, the islands of Japan are located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and often experience mild to severe earthquakes.
Despite the bombings and defeat in World War II, the historic architecture and traditions of Japan are well preserved (or restored) and co-exist with today’s modern architecture and technologies in harmony. Japan has 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout the country.
For travelers, Japan is one of the safest and cleanest places in the world. The tap water is perfectly fine to drink. Travelers can conveniently explore popular tourist destinations, connected via punctuate transportation system featuring bullet train (shinkansen), public bus and subway systems.
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