This East Asian island nation is situated in the Pacific Ocean. Its neighbours are China, Korea and Russia. To the north is the Sea of Okhotsk and to the north is the East China Sea. The Japanese archipelago is made up of more than 3,000 islands. The biggest islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Most of the Japanese islands are mountainous and have active volcanoes on them. The Japanese name for Japan is ‘Nippon’. The characters of the word mean, ‘sun-origin’ and so Japan is called ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.
Largest cities of Japan are Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama. There are parks, museums, theme parks, Japanese style inns in Tokyo where tourists can stay along with Japanese families learning about their lifestyles, customs and take part in fests. Sumo is Japan’s national sport. Japan is also famous for its martial arts like karate, judo, and kendo.
The Tokyo Tower is 333m tall and is one of the landmarks of Tokyo. It was completed in 1958 and has view points and observatories that look out towards Mt. Fuji and also over the Tokyo city. There is aquarium and some restaurants near the Tower.
Tsukiji Jogai Market is a 200 sq.m. market in the centre of the city. You will find fishmongers, green grocers, food courts, shops and restaurants. The Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market is meant only for wholesalers.
There are dive sites on all major islands of Japan. The most interesting places are in Tokyo and the Izu Peninsula. The opportunities for diving, yachting, trekking are plenty in these islands.
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