Destination Guide | Tokyo Japan
Japan is situated in northeastern Asia in between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, the equivalent of Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands and is surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.
Total: 377,835 sq km
Land: 374,744 sq km
Water: 3,091 sq km
The climate of Japan is predominantly temperate but varies greatly from north to south. Japan's geographical features divide it into six principal climatic zones namely Hokkaidō, The Sea of Japan, the central highlands, the Seto inland sea, the Pacific Ocean and the southwest islands.
The rainy season (Baiu/Tsuyu season) begins in early May in Okinawa. The rain front works its way north until it dissipates in northern Japan before reaching Hokkaidō in late July. In the most area of Honshū, the rainy season begins before the middle of June and lasts for approximately six weeks. In late summer and early autumn, typhoons often bring heavy rainfall.
Japan is home to nine forest eco-systems reflecting the climate and geography of the islands. They range from subtropical broadleaf forests in the Ryūkyū and Bonin islands, to temperate broadleaf and mixed forests in mild climatic regions of the main islands, to temperate coniferous forests in cold, winter regions of the northern islands.
Average Daily Temperature & Four Seasons in Tokyo
In Spring, the temperatures are mild. Summer brings high temperatures, humidity, the rainy season (mid-June), and typhoons season (late July through September). Typhoons usually form in the Philippine Sea and hit the southern part of Japan, including Okinawa, from July to September, with an average of 20 occurrences a year. The fall/autumn is a little warmer than spring. The clear skies and sunny days make October a great time to travel around Japan to take in all the fall harvest festivals. The first snow usually comes in late November.
Weather information online is also available at a number of sites:
Japan's population is over 128 million. Most people reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo metropolitan area and its surrounds is approximately 13 million people.
Major cities of Japan and their approximate populations
Reference: Population Census, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, disclosed on 2011/10/26
Japanese 99%, others 1%
Observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)
There is only one official language spoken in Japan, which is of course Japanese. However, many Japanese speak some English as English is the foreign language that everyone learns as part of compulsory education.
However, some Japanese will take you a long way. Here are some useful phrases:
Useful Japanese Phrases
|Ohayou gozaimasu||Good morning|
|Oyasumi nasai||Good night|
|Gomen nasai||I am sorry|
|Wakarimasen||I don't understand|
Japan is the one of the safest countries in the world. Reported incidents of crimes are extremely low. It is not a main concern to tourists or residents.
If you are a victim of a crime, please dial 110, the emergency number for the police. You can also report crimes at one of the many small koban (police boxes), located throughout the city.
99.8% of total population
Definition: People over 15 who can read and write
see Earthquake and Typhoon in Emergency Procedures
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