Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Also known as the "Land of the Rising Sun", Japan is a country where the past meets the future.
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Tokyo is the capital of Japan. At over 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo.
Ōsaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area.
Kyōto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city.
Chūbu is the central region of Japan's Honshu island. This area is located at the border between West Japan and East Japan, there are many high-altitude mountains such as Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps.
Kyūshū is the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. The climate is slightly warmer and more tropical than Honshu, and the southern and eastern coasts are regularly battered by typhoons each year.
Tōhoku is the northeastern region of Japan's Honshu island. Traditionally a poor rural backwater with a harsh climate, today's Tohoku offers the traveller some of the best scenery in Japan.
Hokkaidō is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands. Home to Japan's native Ainu people, Hokkaido continues to represent the untamed wilderness with many great national parks.
Okinawa is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, an island chain to the south of mainland.
Shikoku is an oft-forgotten island in Japan. The smallest of Japan's Big Four, it lies to the south of Honshu.