- Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between
the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan
is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany
and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California.
Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more
than 4,000 smaller islands.
- Summer begins in June with a three to four week
rainy season. It becomes rather hot and humid from July
onward. Clothing: Light clothing is recommended. A cardigan
may also come in handy, as rooms are generally well airconditioned.
The average temperature in Tokyo (July) is around
- Japan's population is over 126 million. Most
people reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's
capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan
Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the
surrounding area is approximately 12 million.
- Traditional Dishes:
- Japanese cuisine has in recent years become much more familiar
and appreciated around the world. Many visitors will have already
sampled the pleasures of raw fish or batter-fried shrimp. But few
first-time visitors are prepared for the variety and sumptuousness
of Japanese food, as it is traditionally prepared.
- Time Difference:
- All of Japan is in the same time zone, 9 hours ahead of G.M.T.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Japan.
- The unit of Japanese currency is the yen. Coins are available in
denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 yen, and bank notes
in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 yen.
- Access to Tokyo:
- Narita Airport (Tokyo) is located 60 km to the east of central Tokyo.
Airport fees are included in the flight fares to all overseas
destinations if departing from Narita Airport.
- ⇒ http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/index.html
- For Further Travel Information:
- Japan National Tourism Organization
- ⇒ http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/index.html
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