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Destination Japan, a virtual travel guide to Nippon. You will find comprehensive information about Japan in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Japan and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Japan.


Mount Fuji, Japan
Shinkansen in front of Mount Fuji

Japan - Nihon Koku

Country Profile

Flag of Japan
Flag of Japan (hi-no-maru)

where in the world is Japan?

Official Name:
Local Name: Nihon (Nippon)
Local Formal Name: Nihon Koku

ISO Country Code: jp

Actual Time: Tue-Dec-6  05:37
Local Time = UTC +9h

Country Calling Code: +81

Capital City: Tokyo

Other Cities: Chiba, Fukuoka, Hiroshima,
Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai, Yokohama.
List of the most populated cities in Japan

List of the Prefectures of Japan

Type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government.
Constitution: 3 May 1947.
Independence: 660 BC (traditional founding by Emperor Jimmu, held as official dogma until 1945.)

Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan (East Sea), east of the Korean Peninsula.
Area: 377 864 sq. km. (145 902 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Rugged, mountainous islands.
Highest peak: Mount Fuji (富士山, Fuji-san)

Climate: Varies from subtropical to temperate.

Nationality: Japanese.
Population: (2012) 128 million.
Ethnic groups: Japanese.
Religions: Shinto and Buddhist.
Language: Japanese (Nihongo)
Literacy: 99%.

Natural resources: Negligible mineral resources, fish.

Agriculture products: Rice, sugar beets, vegetables, fruit, pork, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish.

Industries: Among world's largest and technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, processed foods.

Exports partners: USA 24.8%, China 12.1%, South Korea 7.3%, Taiwan 6.6%, Hong Kong 6.3% (2003)

Imports partners: China 19.7%, USA 15.6%, South Korea 4.7%, Indonesia 4.3% (2003)

Currency: Yen (JPY)

While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
After its devastating defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become the second most powerful economy in the world and a staunch ally of the US.
While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives.
The economy experienced a major slowdown in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

related countries: China, Russia, South Korea, United States

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Official Sites of Japan

royal The Imperial Household Agency
Introduction to the official duties and various public activities of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, and other members of the Imperial Family.

Japans National Diet
Japans National Diet is composed of two houses:
The House of Representatives.
The House of Councillors.

Kantei of the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister's office website.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MOFA Japan

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Japan's representation to the UN.
Embassy of Japan
Washington D.C.
Japan Embassies and Consulates Abroad
List of Japan Embassies and Consulates around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Japan
List of Embassies, Consulates and International Organizations in Japan.
Visa for Japan
Information on visa requirements to enter Japan.


Statistics Bureau & Statistics Center
Japan in figures.
Up-to-date statistical data of Japan in English.


Map of Japan
Political Map of Japan.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Japan
Searchable satellite view and map of Japan.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Tokyo
Searchable satellite view and map of Tokyo.

Searchable maps/satellite views of the cities of:
Fukuoka, Fukushima, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Yokohama

See also: Most populated cities of the world

profile Reference Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.

Japan News

Asahi Shimbun
The Japanes Newspaper.
Japan Times
News from Japan.
Japan Today
A leading source of Japan News in English.
Kyodo News
National and international news.
Mainichi Daily News
Japanese and international news.
English-language weekly magazine.
News on Japan
News Desk.
The Weekly Post
English-language version of a popular Japanese newsweekly.
Yomiuri Shimbun
National and international news.
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Arts & Culture

Cool Girls Japan
The Japanese Web Girls Online Magazine.
web culture CYBERJAPAN
Online magazine covering all the Hype, Street Fashion and Club Culture in Japan.
Dive deeper into Japan, weekly updated photo features on Japan and the Japanese, news, information, book & music reviews.
Daily updated photos of Japanese Street Fashion, fashion trends of Japan's trendy youths.
Kyoko Date
Page about the first virtual Cybergirl.
web culture Shift
E-Zine directly from Japan.
Streets of Tokyo, faces of Japan, planet manga.

_Art Museums
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

_Other Museums
cultural reference Kyoto National Museum
The Kyoto National Museum was established as a National institution for the collection and preservation of cultural properties.
The National Museum of Ethnology - Information on people, societies and cultures throughout of the world.
Osaka Museum of Natural History
With an historical Home Page.
Tokyo National Museum
Collection of art works and antiquities from Japan and other Asian countries.

A Guide to Blues Music in Japan & Overseas.

Anime Check-List
Giuseppe Albanese's page provides a list of all existing anime (Japanese animated figures) produced in Japan since 1917.
The Online World of Anime and Manga.
The first Manga magazine in the world on the web.
Anime and Manga.
web culture re:tokyo
Otaku culture, games, animation, fashion, hi tech and more.


__Martial Arts
Japan Karate Association
Budo culture
The Art of the Sword - Martial Art.

__Traditional Japan
The site referes to pictures of beautiful women in Japanese art - Bijinga.
The Way of Tea - The Urasenke Tradition of Tea.
Sado/Chado - Tea Ceremony
The ritualized preparation and serving of powdered green tea in the presence of guests.
GODS of Japan
Comrehensive A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhism (Buddhist & Shinto Deities)
Ikebana Saga School
The Art of Flower Arrangement.
Japanese Buddhism
Page about Buddhism in Japan by
Japanese garden database
Japanese gardens around the world.
Japanese myths site with information on the various gods, heroes and monsters.
Kabuki for Everyone
The traditional form of Japanese theater.
Kunijo Kabuki Ekotoba
An illustrated manuscript of Japanese classical play Kabuki.
Karyukai means "Flower and Willow World", a poetic term for the society of the Geisha.
Kimono, Kimono Fabric & Japanese Clothing
Kimono, meaning clothing in Japanese, a site about Kimono.
Nihon Ki-in
Japan Go Association.
Ogasawara Sencha Service School
An Introduction to Tea Ceremony by Head Tea Master of Ogasawara Sencha Service School.
Samurai Sword
The art of sword making.
Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village
The mountain village in Shirakawa-go, Gifu Pref. with traditional wooden houses is a world heritage site.
Shogi is a Japanese board game comparable with chess.
Traditional Japanese lacquerware.
Zen - International Research Institute for Zen
Established to promote basic research on Zen Buddhism.
The Institute for Zen Studies
Founded in 1964 to promote research in Zen teachings, thought, and various cultural expressions. (in Japanese)

Japanese Tradition
Site about Japan's ancient architectures and gardens as well as traditional artistic handicrafts.
Traditional Crafts of Japan
From silk, the aristocratic fiber to paper and porcelain.
The Virtual Museum of Traditional Japanese Arts
Shinto Temple Kimitsu
Jinno-ji Shinto Temple at City of Kimitsu


Business & Economy

Bank of Japan
Central Bank Japan.

Index of the Japanese stock market.
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Nikkei Net Interactive
Japanese Stock Market.

The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
JETRO is a Japanese government-related organization that promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between Japan and other nations.

Japanese Products
Toys, from the Rhythm Ball (1950) to Sailor Moon (1993), Tamagotchi (1996) and more.
Fine cameras and copiers.
Japanese cars and motorbikes.
Beauty and Health made in Japan.
Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd.
Konica Minolta
More fine cameras.
Pearls Island.
... and more fine cameras.
Japanese Hifi.
Japanese Beer.
Entertainment universe.
The Japanese answer to CHANEL & Co.

One of the largest advertising agencies in the world.


All Nippon Airways
Japan Airlines
JAL online.

Narita Airport
New Tokyo International Airport, Narita-shi, Chiba.
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)

East Japan Railway
West Japan Railway Company
Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.


Destination Japan - Country Guides

Japan National Tourist Organization
Travel and tourism guide on Japan, the Japanese and much much more.
Web Japan
Launched with the aim of helping people around the world get to know more about Japan and the Japanese.

The Japan Foundation
Organization for international cultural exchange in Japan.
Guides to Japan
200 pages with illustrated, general information on most aspects of modern and traditional Japan.
The Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go
(Or: what I wish i knew before....) The Complete Guide to Working, Visiting, and Living in Japan.
web culture Japan Information Network
Containing the latest information about Japan.
Tha Japanese art to convey consideration and sympathy for others through an esthetic sense of innate and dispassionate self-control.
PhotoGuide Japan
A Guide to Photography in Japan.
 Schauwecker's Guide to Japan
More than 200 pages with illustrated, general information about most aspects of modern and traditional Japan.
 Trends in Japan
The latest domestic trends.

Official City Sites and City Guides

Travelers guide to Tokyo by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties
The Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties.
Tokyo Food Page
More than 800 Tokyo-area restaurants.
Life in the metropolis.

City of Chiba
City of Fukuoka
Hiroshima City
City of Kobe
City of Kyoto
City of Osaka
City of Sendai
Yokohama City

Hotels in Japan
Find a Hotel in Japan.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Education & Research

Study in Japan
A comprehensive guide to study in Japan.

Chiba University
National University, established in 1949.
Chuo University
Founded as Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (The English Law School) in 1885.
Kyoto University
Founded 1897.
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
University of Tokyo
The former Tokyo Imperial University, first Japanese institution of higher learning, founded 1877.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Official website of the independent administrative institution of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.)
The National Institute of Informatics
Computer Science and Information Engineering Research
National Science Museum
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo.
School-kids in Japan ©

Environment & Nature

Friends of the Earth Japan
Tokyo based environmental advocacy group.
Geological Survey of Japan
Official Japanese geoscientific information.
Global Environment Forum-Kansai
The forum is engaged in a variety of activities all concerning environmental issues.

Environmental Web Sites in Japan
List of Japanese environmental web sites.


Japan Guide - History
Most general facts of Japanese history.

National Museum of Japanese History
The museum's homepage.

National Archives of Japan
Japans official documents and records.

The Final Years of the Samurai
Ridgeback Press specializes in historical biography of the final years of the samurai.

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