Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Japan is known worldwide for its traditional arts, including tea ceremonies, calligraphy and flower arranging. The country has a legacy of distinctive gardens, sculpture and poetry. Japan is home to more than a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites and is the birthplace of sushi, one of its most famous culinary exports. What is Special about Japan? Japan\’s architecture, art, traditions, crafts. Also, its worldwide known pop culture (including manga, anime, and video games). It\’s something that definitely only Japan can offer. No other country contains the same characteristics.
Many visitors from abroad say that Japan is a beautiful country. This is because of the beautiful scenery of the four distinctive seasons, the serene waters, the historic structures, and the foods that are even pleasing to the eyes. But Japan\’s beauty does not stop here.
Facts about Japan:
– The world\’s oldest company is in Japan.
-It has the 11th largest population in the world.
-There is 1 vending machine for every 24 people.
-Nearly half the zippers worldwide are made in Japan.
-The Japanes live (almost) the longest.
Top Sights in Japan:
Mount Fuji- Mount Fuji, located on the island of Honshū, is the highest mountain in Japan, standing 3,776.24 m. It is the second-highest volcano located on an island in Asia, and seventh-highest peak of an island on Earth. Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano that last erupted from 1707 to 1708. The mountain is located about 100 km southwest of Tokyo and is visible from there on clear days. Mount Fuji\’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is covered in snow for about five months of the year, is commonly used as a cultural icon of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photography, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. Mount Fuji is one of Japan\’s \”Three Holy Mountains\” along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan\’s Historic Sites. It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013. According to UNESCO, Mount Fuji has \”inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries\”. UNESCO recognizes 25 sites of cultural interest within the Mount Fuji locality.
Fushimi Inari Taisha- Fushimi Inari-taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres and take approximately 2 hours to walk up. Inari was originally and remains primarily the kami of rice and agriculture, but merchants and manufacturers also worship Inari as the patron of business. Each of Fushimi Inari-taisha\’s roughly thousand torii was donated by a Japanese business. Owing to the popularity of Inari\’s division and re-enshrinement, this shrine is said to have as many as 32,000 sub-shrines throughout Japan.
Tokyo Skytree- Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634 meters in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa. The tower is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kantō region; the older Tokyo Tower no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by high-rise buildings. Skytree was completed on Leap Day, 29 February 2012, with the tower opening to the public on 22 May 2012. The tower is the centrepiece of a large commercial development funded by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK. Trains stop at the adjacent Tokyo Skytree Station and nearby Oshiage Station. The complex is 7 km north-east of Tokyo Station. In addition, there is the Sumida Aquarium in the \”Tokyo Solamachi\” complex.
Arashiyama- Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It also refers to the mountain across the Ōi River, which forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.
Tokyo Tower- The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 meters, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Built in 1958, the tower\’s main sources of income are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower. FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants, and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two observation decks. The two-story Main Deck is at 150 meters, while the smaller Top Deck reaches a height of 249.6 meters. The names were changed following renovation of the top deck in 2018. The tower is repainted every five years, taking a year to complete the process. Added in 1961 the tower has transmission antennae used for radio and television broadcasting and now broadcasts signals for Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS, and Fuji TV. The height of the tower was not suitable for Japan\’s planned terrestrial digital broadcasting planned for July 2011 for the Tokyo area.
Osaka Castle- Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan\’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
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