Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Its insular character has allowed it to develop a very unique, intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular China, has left lasting influence.
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Tokyo is the enormous and wealthy capital of Japan, overflowing with culture, commerce and, most of all, people.
The Kantō region of Japan, on the eastern side of the main island Honshu, is a broad plain dominated by and nearly synonymous with the megalopolis of Tokyo and its suburbs.
Ōsaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area.
Chūbu is the central region of Japan's Honshu island.
Kyōto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city.
Tōhoku is the northeastern region of Japan's Honshu island.
Hiroshima is an industrial city of wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers, located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea.
Kyūshū is the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan.
Shikoku is an oft-forgotten island in Japan. The smallest of Japan's Big Four, it lies to the south of Honshu.
Okayama is a major transit hub for western Japan. But with white peaches, a brooding black castle, and the famous garden of Kōrakuen, there are plenty of reasons to catch a later train and get out of the station to explore.
Hokkaidō is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands.
Iya Valley is a remote mountain valley deep in the heart of Shikoku.
Kansai is the western region of the main Japanese island of Honshu, second only to Kanto region of Eastern Japan in population.
Chūgoku is the westernmost part of the main Japanese island Honshu.
Okinawa is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, an island chain to the southwest of the mainland.
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