Interesting Facts about Japan


Japanese is the official language of Japan.

Japan is part of the continent of Asia. Japan is an island nation surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.

Japan is made up of 6,852 islands.

Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsmen.

Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Sony, Nintendo, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp.

Sumo is recognized as the national sport of Japan, although the most popular spectator sport is baseball.

 Japan is a country located in Asia. The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means “sun origin”. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and also the largest city. Other major cities include Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo. Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, so it has many volcanoes and experiences many earthquakes.

 What is the Capital City of Japan?

The highest point in Japan in Mount Fuji, which stands at 3,776m (12,388ft), find it’s location and highlight it on the map with a mountain shape. 

The Japanese flag is a white background with a red circle in the center. The circle represents the sun. The Japanese flag is called Hinomaru in Japanese, which means “circle of the sun.” In English, it is sometimes referred to as the “rising sun” because Japan is the first country in the world to see the sunrise.

Some favorite Japanese foods include:

Ramen (soup)
Japanese Curry
Zaru Soba (Noodles)
Kitsune Udon (Soup)
Gyoza (Dumplings)

Japanese Folktales

Japanese folktales and fairytales are influenced and inspired by their religious beliefs, Shinto and Buddhism.

The characteristics of the stories vary, but like other famous storytellers, the folktales from Japan feature themes like kindness, magic, and greed. Japanese folklore also includes supernatural stories featuring creatures, spirits, and monsters, many of which have characteristics of nature.

Japanese Music

Japanese Animals

Japan has a wide variety of wildlife. There are many animals that are native to Japan and are not found anywhere else in the world. The red-crowned crane (Japanese Crane) is a large crane known is as a symbol of luck and longevity in some parts of the world. The Japanese crane is among the rarest East Asian cranes. During the winter months, the cranes perform a distinctive mating dance – a graceful and seemingly choreographed ritual that never fails to impress visitors.

The Ussuri brown bear is one of the largest black bears in all of Asia. The majority of their diet is vegetarian based.

Japanese Macaque Monkeys (snow monkeys) are one of Japan’s most popular animals. The monkeys of Jigokudani in Yudanaka Onsen are particularly famous for bathing in the hot spring waters to keep warm, but you can also spot macaques in most mountainous parts of Japan where human development is minimal.

Famous Landmarks

Japan has many beautiful temples, palaces, castles and UNESCO sites.

Mount Fuji is one of the most popular landmarks and it is an iconic landmark in Japan. Mount Fuji has been the inspiration for may poems, paintings and beckons climbers to reach its peak.

Himeji Castle (White Egret Castle) is a medieval landmark known for its pristine white beauty and its resemblance to the Japanese Crane. It is also the filming location for The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise.

Tokyo Imperial Palace and Castle are home to the Emperor and Empress of Japan. It is a spectacular site to visit the Cherry Blossoms in early Spring.

Japan is located along the ring of fire, which is an area that surrounds the pacific ocean where the majority of earthquakes and volcanoes are located. 

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Japanese Fish Kites

Japanese koinobori or carp kites are special kites that are made in the shape of a fish called a koi. The koi is highly revered in Japan as a symbol of strength. The flags are often flown during a Japanese holiday called Children’s Day

Japanese Karate

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429 to 1879). It developed from the Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Kung Fu

Learn Japenese Phrases/Words

Learn more about Japan by practicing a few Japanese words. Japenese is a language made up of characters and is one of the oldest languages in the world. The video below will teach you 25 of the most common phrases.


Anime is a style of animation popular in Japanese films and television series. It often combines stark, colorful graphics with action-packed plots. Early anime films were intended primarily for a Japanese audience. Therefore, they used many cultural references unique to Japan.

Rabbit Island

Located in eastern Hiroshima, Rabbit Island is a small enclave occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the forests and fields, chasing tourists for food. Only a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland, the island is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
Rabbit Island, the home of over 1,000 rabbits, is known as a place to seek good
fortune for your own family's fertility.

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