Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

A country found in East Asia, Japan (日本) is a stratovolcanic archipelago composed of 6,852 islands. Also called Nippon or Nihon, Japan is a major economic power and is the world's third-largest economy.

Japan Flag

The sun has always had a special place in Japanese culture. The ancient Chinese, seeing the sunrise over the islands to the east called them ji-pon (which translates to the source of the sun) Hence as time passed the name stuck and eventually became Japan. The country is categorized into four major islands; Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku.

Japan Map

Honshu (which translates to "Main Island" or "Main Province") is the largest and most populated island in Japan. Tokyo, the de facto capital of the country is located here.

Hokkaido (which means "Northern Sea Circuit") is the second-largest and northernmost island of Japan.

Kyushu (which means "Nine Provinces") is the third-largest island in Japan. It is also the most southwesterly of its four main islands.

Shikoku (which means "Four Provinces") is the smallest and least populous of the four main islands of Japan.

The 47 Prefectures of Japan

The local inhabitants of the archipelago are generally called Japanese. They have one of the richest cultures on the planet that is preserved and followed to this day. 

Planes are the best way to travel to far places

Trains, like the Shinkansen, are also a great way to travel around the country

So excited for our first-time visit to Japan!

Finally! Landed safely at Kansai International Airport

With our Japanese Family. Gotta love them all.

Welcome to Japan Team Nicerio

Things to keep in mind:

Capital: Tokyo
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Language Spoken: Japanese
Government: Unitary Parliament Constitutional Monarchy

My articles about Japan

Japan Diaries Series:



Tokyo Prefecture

Chiba Prefecture

Osaka Prefecture

Wakayama Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture

Nara Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture

Matsumoto City

Gifu Prefecture

Kyoto Prefecture

Mie Prefecture

Shima City

Toba City


Hokkaido Prefecture

Tokushima Prefecture

What are you waiting for? Time to experience endless adventures in Japan!


  1. You've been to so many places in Japan already. I followed you when you visited Japan for the first time and been a silent reader ever since. Please continue to explore Japan and share about it.

    1. This comment made my day. Thank you for following my blog.


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