Location: Japan, an archipelago of E. coast of Asia, consists of four main islands, Honshu (Mainland), Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku and a number of smaller islands of which Okinawa is one. Japan has a deeply indented coastline measuring 26,600 km. Main ports are Yokohama, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka. There are about 60 more or less active volcanoes of which the best known is Mount Aso. The famous Mount Fuji is not active.
History: Legend has it that the Japanese Empire was founded by Emperor Jimmu in 660 BC. In A.D. 1868 Emperor Meiji united the whole of Japan under his rule. Japan had little trade relations with foreign countries until 1871 when it entered into a trade treaty with USA. After the feudal system was abolished, westernization set in. In 1952, Japan regained its sovereignty. Japan's victory in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 raised her prestige among European powers.
Agriculture: Rice, the staple food of Japan, is cultivated in half the area of arable land. Other crops are wheat, barley, potatoes and tobacco. Except for limestone and sulphur, Japan is poor in minerals and Japanese industry is heavily dependent on imported raw materials and fuel.
Industry: Japan, one of the most industrially advanced countries of the world, is a leader in Technology and the world's second richest country. The principal industries are automobiles, iron and steel, chemicals, textiles (cotton, wool, silk and synthetics), fishing, ceramics, precision instruments, fertilizers, machinery and shipbuilding. Japan has evolved an extensive fishing industry.
Japanese women have been the world's longest lived since 1985 and Japanese men since 1986. In April 1997, Japanese cabinet approved a bill allowing US bases to continue to use land in Okinawa, a key military foothold in East Asia.
Mission in India:
Embassy of Japan
Plot No.4&5, 50-G Shantipath,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021. India.
Tel: 91-11-2687-6581, 2687-6564, 4610-4610
Indian Mission in Japan:
Embassy of India
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo - 102, Japan
Tel: 00 - 81 - 3 - 32622391 to 97
Fax: 00 - 81 - 3 - 32344866
Study In Japan - Comprehensive Guide - www.studyjapan.go.jp
Japan National Tourism Organization - Japan National Tourism Organization
Shrines, Temples And Gardens : Kinkakuji Temple, The Great Buddha of Kamakura, The East Garden, Ryoanji Temple,
Nature : Matsushima, Shirakawa-go, Jigokudani Onsen, "Tanada" Terraced Rice Fields, Mt.Fuji
Markets : The Tsukiji Jogai Market, Kaiseki-ryori, Nishiki Market
Festivals and Events : Nebuta Matsuri, Gion Matsuri, Awa Odori, Sanja Matsuri
Museums & Art Galleries : The Tokyo National Museum, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum, MIHO Museum
Traditional Performing Arts, Cultural Pursuits : Kabuki, Ikebana, Sumo, Noh
Architectural Works In Japan : Awaji Yumebutai, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Tokyo metropolitan Government,
Himeji Castle, Horyuji Temple
High Technology : Wakamaru, MEGA WEB, Ghibli Museum - Mitaka, ASIMO, NTT Inter-communication Center, or ICC
In and Around Tokyo : Imperial Palace Formerly Edo Castle, Marunouchi, Ginza district, The Kabukiza Theater, Ueno District, Asakusa District, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Shinjuku, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo Opera City, Shibuya District, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Aoyama Districts, Roppongi, Tokyo Midtown, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Roppongi Hills, Odaiba, Rainbow Bridge - Odaiba, Tokyo Disney Resort, Yokohama - Japan's Second Largest City, Sankei-en Garden, Minato Mirai 21, Kamakura - Costal Town, Bronze Great Buddha, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hakone - Hot Spring Resort Area, Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi, Owakudani, Mt. Fuji - Japan's Tallest Mountain, Fuji Five Lakes, Izu Peninsula, The Seven Islands of Izu, Oshima Island, Kusatsu Onsen - Japan's Top Spa Resort, Nikko, Toshogu Shrine, Onsen Spa
In and Around Kyoto and Nara : Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, Gion Corner, Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, Katsura Imperial Villa, Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Arashiyama District, Kinkakuji and Ryoanji Temples, Nara Park, Kofukuji Temple, Nara National Museum, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Horyuji Temple.
In and Around Chubu : Nagoya & Vicinity, Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa Museum, Seto, Tokoname, Inuyama, Museum Meiji-mura, Ise-Shima National Park, The Ise Grand Shrine, Toba, Wedded Rocks, Mikimoto Pearl Island, Takayama, Shirakawa-go Village, Japan Alps, Chubu-Sangaku (Japan Alps) National Park, Nagano, Zenkoji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, Kanazawa, Kenrokuen Park, Eiheiji Temple, Noto Peninsula, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Niigata, Sado Island.
In and Around Kansai: Osaka, Osaka Bay, Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, Universal Sudios Japan, Osaka Castle, Nakanoshima, Temmangu Shrine, Umeda and Namba, Kobe, Kobe Port Tower, Himeji City, Himeji Castle, Mt.Koya
The Inland Sea & Shikoku : The Inland Sea, or Seto-Naikai, Shimanami-kaido, The Naoshima Cultural Village on Naoshima Island, Shikoku Island, Takamatsu, Ritsurin Park, Matsuyama, Matsuyama Castle, Dogo Spa, Kochi, Tokushima, Naruto.
In And Around Chugoku : Okayama, Korakuen Garden, Kurashiki, Ohara museum of Art, Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine, Hagi, Tottori, San-in Kaigan National Park, Matsue, Izumo Taisha Shrine.
In and Around Kyushu & Okinawa : Fukuoka, Fukuoka Museum of Asian Fine Art, Dazaifu, Arita, Nagasaki, Unzen, Sofukuji Temple, Oura Catholic Church, Glover Mansion, Kumamoto, Nagasaki Peace Park, Mt.Unzen, Fugendake, Shimabara, Shimabara Castle, Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Park, Aso-Kuju National Park, Mt.Aso, Mt.Kuju, Beppu Spa, Miyazaki, Nichinan Kaigan Quasi-National Park, Aoshima Island, Kagoshima, Sakurajima, Ibusuki, Yakushima Island, Okinawa, Naha, Naminoue Shrine, Sogenji Temple, Shurei-no-mon, Shuri Castle, Okinawa Senseki (Old Battlefields) Quasi-National Park.
In and Around Hokkaido : Sapporo, Odori Park, Clock Tower Building, Jozankei Spa, Lake Shikotsu, Lake Toya, Hakodate, Mt.Hakodate, Asahikawa, Furano, Kushiro, Kushiro Marshland.