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JAPAN
TRAVEL GUIDE PROJECT
Megan
Raymond
LOCATION
Japan is an island country
located off the Pacific
coast of the Asian mainland.
The Sea of Okhotsk is to the
nort...
Climate
The majority of the Japanese islands are
located in the temperate zones which
means there is usually a month long
...
POPULATION
By 1999, the Japanese population was
estimated to be around 127,000,000.
Around 65 of the population, about 81
...
CITIES
Tokyo, which means, ‘eastern
capital,’ is Japan’s capital city
and has the largest population
with nearly nine mill...
WARNINGS
Travelers should be aware of
entertainment areas that cater
specifically to tourists and
foreigners living in the...
Culture -
FOODAgriculture is not a large market in
Japan. A great majority of the land
cannot be used to grow crops so the...
Culture –
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
In Japan, on Valentine’s Day, women give
their male counterparts Giri-choko, which
is oblig...
Culture -
RELIGION
Japan has freedom of religion but
Shintoism and Buddhism are two of
the more prominent religions.
Shint...
PHYSICAL -
LANDSCAPE
Japan is a heavily urbanized
country and the areas that
have been urbanized include
high amounts of t...
PHYSICAL –
BEAUTIFUL PLACES
Kenrokuen Garden is
considered one of Japan’s most
beautiful landscape gardens.
The garden has...
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  1. 1. JAPAN TRAVEL GUIDE PROJECT Megan Raymond
  2. 2. LOCATION Japan is an island country located off the Pacific coast of the Asian mainland. The Sea of Okhotsk is to the north, the Pacific Ocean is to the south and east, the Sea of Japan is to the west, and the East China Sea is to the southwest. The country consists of four main islands: Shikoku, Kyushu, Hokkaido, and Honshu; along with over a thousand minor islands. The total land mass of the Japanese islands is about 142,000 square miles.
  3. 3. Climate The majority of the Japanese islands are located in the temperate zones which means there is usually a month long rainy season followed by a hot summer. The latitude and longitude of the Japanese islands are almost similar to east coast of the United States from 45 degrees in the north and 20 degrees in the south. Ocean currents, like Kuroshio and Tsushima from the south, also affect climate by warming up the Pacific side of the islands and also the ones near the Korean strait. The Kurile current, on the other hand, is cold and comes southwestward towards Hokkaido. Cold winds from northern Asia blow east over the Sea of Japan and cause heavy snowfall over the northwestern coasts of Japan. On the eastern shores, Japan has heavy rainfall because the seasonal winds carry moisture from the surrounding waters.
  4. 4. POPULATION By 1999, the Japanese population was estimated to be around 127,000,000. Around 65 of the population, about 81 million people, live in urban areas. Because of the surge in industrialization the past century, the population has continued to grow rapidly, nearly tripling itself. The increase in population is mainly contributed to the decrease in infant mortality, increase in longevity, increase in the use of contraceptives, and the change from larger, multigenerational families to smaller, nuclear ones. Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world but the birthrate has been decreasing within the last decade. Because the population is aging rapidly and less people are being born, the population is expected to peak during the 21st century then drop.
  5. 5. CITIES Tokyo, which means, ‘eastern capital,’ is Japan’s capital city and has the largest population with nearly nine million people. The number of people living in Tokyo is larger than the combined population of the next three largest cities: Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya. In fact the number of residents in the Japanese capital is greater than the combined population of the next three largest cities Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya. Yokohama, which is south of Tokyo, has a population of approximately 3.7 million. Yokohama also hosts the country’s largest port and is a manufacturing and ship building center.
  6. 6. WARNINGS Travelers should be aware of entertainment areas that cater specifically to tourists and foreigners living in the country like Roppongi and Kabuki-cho. Areas like this are known for their high rates of drink spiking, credit card theft and general misuse of credit card information. Also, even though Japan is considered one of the safest countries in the world, it does suffer from its fair share of natural disasters, primarily earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. The northeast is more earthquake prone and areas more southeast tend to suffer from typhoons. Japan also has a few active volcanoes, Mt. Fuji being the most famous and prominent of these.
  7. 7. Culture - FOODAgriculture is not a large market in Japan. A great majority of the land cannot be used to grow crops so the Japanese diet consists mainly of seafood, rice, soup, and pickled vegetables. Rice is a staple in every Japanese meal and is usually accompanied by some sort of noodle, like Udon, or some species of fish or other aquatic animal like squid, octopus, eel, and even pufferfish. Because the Japanese diet consists mainly of fish, the heart disease rate is very low. If a traveler is the kind of person that enjoys a wide variety of seafood then they will enjoy Japanese cuisine. If they enjoy more Western foods, Japan has started to include more meat in the standard diet such as yakitori (grilled chicken), yakiniku (Korean barbeque), and gyudon (beef bowl).
  8. 8. Culture – HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS In Japan, on Valentine’s Day, women give their male counterparts Giri-choko, which is obligation chocolate, and they also give out tomo-choko and honmei-choko to their respective friends, boyfriends and husbands. White Day, which takes place on March 14, is a holiday in which men give women presents like they would on Valentine’s Day except they are supposed to give women twice or three times the amount of gifts then the women give on Valentine’s Day. Shichigosan is a festival that is used as a rite of passage for boys aged 3 to 5 and girls aged 3 to 7. The children, who are dressed in colorful kimonos, are blessed at their nearest Shinto shrine and they give thanks for their good health and pray for future blessings. .
  9. 9. Culture - RELIGION Japan has freedom of religion but Shintoism and Buddhism are two of the more prominent religions. Shintoism is a system of gods and beliefs about the relationship between people, the environment, and the state. Shintoism teaches that Japan is the land of the gods but it doesn’t have a formal doctrine or scriptures; in modern times, it now mainly exists as a nationalist ideology than an actual religion. The sects of Buddhism that have been more popular and successful in Japan have placed emphasis on the accessibility of salvation and the enlightenment of ordinary people. These branches teach that devotion and prayer to the Buddhist saints can mean salvation and Zen, which teaches that enlightenment can be achieved through meditation.
  10. 10. PHYSICAL - LANDSCAPE Japan is a heavily urbanized country and the areas that have been urbanized include high amounts of the population. Rapid industrialization has caused a major shift in more people moving from rural to urban areas. Approximately four-fifths of Japan consists of either hills or mountains while a good fifth of the landscape is plains and flat areas which mainly appear around the coast. Japan rests in an area called the, ‘Ring of Fire,’ which borders the majority of the Pacific Basin. Over fifty of Japan’s volcanoes are active but they seldom ever erupt.
  11. 11. PHYSICAL – BEAUTIFUL PLACES Kenrokuen Garden is considered one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens. The garden has a large, artificial pond, walking trails, bridges, and trees, like cherry blossoms and plums, flowers like azaleas and irises, teahouses, and a large stone lantern in the shape of a Japanese harp. Mount Koya is considered to be the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism and is usually topped with snow during the cold months. The mountaintop is covered in a lush forest and there are over 100 temples that offer visitors a chance to live the life of a monk during an overnight stay.

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