Kobe

Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, approximately 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka on the north shore of Osaka Bay. With a population of about 1.5 million, the city is part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan…

Sapporo

Sapporo (pop. 1.8 million) is the capital, administrative and economic centre of Hokkaidō. It is the largest city north of Tokyo, and about a third of all Hokkaidō residents live there. Sapporo became a household name in 1972 when it held the Winter Olympic Games. Hokkaidō was mostly Ainu land until the Meiji era, and…

Nagoya

Centrally located on the main island of Japan, the city of Nagoya is the capital of the Aichi Prefecture and is the third largest metropolitan region in Japan. Nagoya has a population of 2.3 million, making it Japan’s 4th largest city (just 200000 less than that of Osaka). Nagoya was founded around the early 1600’s…

Osaka

Osaka is a city in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the largest part of the Keihanshin metropolis, which comprises three major cities of Japan: Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Located at the mouth of the Yodo…

Yokohama

Yokohama is Japan’s second biggest city, the capital of Kanagawa prefecture, close to Tokyo. It has a population of about 3.5 million. Yokohama is also Japan’s second largest port and luxury cruise destination. Historically, the city has been Japan’s gateway to the world, giving it something of a cosmopolitan air. The city’s seafront location and…

Tokyo

Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to?), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial…

Japan Geographies

The Japanese archipelago was designed by someone delighting in complexity. The islands have a total area roughly the same as the US state of Montana, but whereas Montana is very neat with square corners, Japan is scattered about in four main islands – Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Japan extends about 3,000 kilometers from subtropical…

History of Japan

The evidence of chipped stone tools suggests that humans inhabited Japan at least 30,000 years ago. “Neolithic” cultures called “Jomon” (that still retained stone tool traits of earlier periods), date to at least 10,000 BC. The Jomon people were hunters and gatherers who lived upon the rich resources of game, fish, and wild plants native…

Japan

Japan (Japanese: 日本, literally “the State of Japan”) is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the…

Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 374,245, it is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. A resident of…