Japan is arguably one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.
It’s also given credit for bringing about many innovations in quite a few sectors, with the most noticeable one being the automobile one.
- Official name: State of Japan (Nippon-koku)
- Capital city: Tokyo
- Language: Japanese
- Population: 126,919,659 (2015)
- Area: 377,944 km2
- Longest river: Shinano (367 km)
- Highest mountain: Mount Fuji
- Currency: Yen (¥)
- Flag: Red dot on white background
However, there’s a lot more to Japan than the technological advancement. We will be taking a look at some of such important facts about the country.
Japan has a population of around 127 million, with 67% living in urban areas. Tokyo has been the capital of Japan since 1941, while before that, there have been quite a few different cities being named the capital of the country. The country’s total area turns out to be around 378,000 square kilometers.
The Japanese Yen is the currency of Japan, and it’s also the third most traded currency on the foreign exchange markets, after the US dollar and Euro.
When it comes to the global reserves of international currencies, the Japanese yen ranks fourth, with only the US dollar, Euro, and the pound sterling being ahead of it.
Shintoism and Buddhism are the major religions being followed in the country, with around 80% and 67% of the population following them, respectively. The confusing numbers are due to the fact that a large part of the population follows both the religions.
It wouldn’t be wrong if we say that Japan is actually the land of islands, as its home to well over 6,800 islands. However, the 4 main islands everyone should know are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu.
It’s also surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the West and the Sea of Japan on the East, but its location actually seems to be a worrying thing for the country, due to being at a constant risk of floods and earthquakes. Remember the tsunami?
The Country’s History
Japan’s unique location, though actually a worrying thing for the country, has actually played a major role in protecting the country from getting invaded in the past. As the Japanese Sea and the Pacific Ocean were too challenging to get through to reach to the country, Japan easily defended all the attempts by other countries to establish their rule over it.
However, being surrounded with water still couldn’t prevent the huge and devastating defeat of Japan in the World War II, after witnessing the historic bombings.
Almost everyone in the world knows what sushi is – the most popular Japanese food. Not only that sushi is very health, it’s also very tasty.
But not everyone likes raw fish, therefore Japanese traditional cuisine offers other several delicious dishes like ramen, onigiri, shrimps in tempura or teriyaki chicken.
Almost all of the country’s population speaks Japanese, while Chinese and Koreans are also spoken by a very small part of the population. Japanese is very beautiful language but it is very hard to learn for someone who doesn’t come from Asia. However, thanks to our Japanese language section you will easily catch the basics.
There are also few huge cities in Japan worth visiting. Lets go through the most popular:
Tokyo is the urban capital city of Japan and the center of any progress it makes in education, technology, and even tourism. The University of Tokyo, known as ToDai, is one of the best universities in Asia. If you are in Tokyo, do visit the Disneyland and Disney Sea as well as the Meiji Shrine and Imperial Palace.
Kyoto is very different to Tokyo in its traditional architecture. It is the center of art and culture. In Kyoto you can easily find wooden houses, palaces and Shinto shrines. You can also visit the Kinkaku-ji or enjoy Kaiseki dining and tea houses run by geishas in Gion district.
Osaka, located on the island of Honshu, is third largest city in Japan. Osaka is well known for its traditional and tasty food. You might also find here several unique sights, for example: Castle Tower, Nishinomaru Garden, Hokoku Shrine.
Funny part about Japan!
There are also some interesting facts about Japan, and it wouldn’t be a good idea to not go through them.
- Japan witnesses as many as around 1,500 earthquakes annually
- Over 50,000 people in the country have crossed the age of 100
- The Japanese trains are believed to be the most punctual in the world, with an average delay of just around 18 seconds
- Japan is home to more pets than children