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Japan remains something of an enigma to people in the Western world. On one hand it is a giant producer of cars, computers, and a whole array of sleek electronic goods. Yet on the other it is still the land of the geisha and bonsai, the dainty tea ceremony, and the delicate art of flower arrangement. In fact, Japan is a land of curious contrasts - an intricate blend of East and West. While the cities are modern, the farther you get into the countryside, the farther you go back in time. You will find extended families living in large old wooden houses, dressed in more traditional clothes, and getting on with fairly simple lives. There are 9 regions, each with its own dialect, customs, and unique traditional culture. Japan is actually made up of several thousand islands. The terrain is mostly rugged and mountainous with many dormant and some active volcanoes. Mount Fuji (Fujisan), 3,776 meters high, is Japan's highest mountain and a volcano that last erupted in 1708. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain. Nearby hot spring resorts are popular. A highlight of the Japanese calendar is the blooming of the cherry blossoms from Janurary to late March/April.

Regions in Japan

Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku Region. The capital is the city of Aomori.... READ MORE

Chubu, which means "central region", encompasses nine prefectures: Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, Yamanashi, and oft... READ MORE

The Chugoku region or San'in-San'yo region is the westernmost region of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. It consists of the prefectures of Hiroshi... READ MORE

The capital is the city of Fukui. Fukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871. D... READ MORE

It is the world's most populous metropolitan area (35,327,000 at 2005 estimate[1]), covering an area of approximately 13,500 km² (5,200 mi²)... READ MORE

The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaid... READ MORE

The nation's main island, it is south of Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, north of Shikoku across the Inland Sea, and northeast of Kyushu across th... READ MORE

The capital is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is a relatively small prefecture located at the southeastern... READ MORE

The region includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. Sometimes Fukui, Tokushima and Mie are also included. While ... READ MORE

The region encompasses seven prefectures which overlaps the Greater Tokyo Area: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Within i... READ MORE

The island is mountainous, and Japan's most active volcano, Mt Aso at 1,591 m, is on Kyushu. There are many other signs of tectonic activity, includin... READ MORE

Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost and westernmost prefecture of Japan located on the Ryukyu Islands.... READ MORE

The Shikoku region, comprising Shikoku and its surrounding islets, covers about 18,800 square kilometres (7,259 sq mi) and consists of four prefecture... READ MORE

The region consists of six prefectures: Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. The last stronghold of the indigenous Ainu ... READ MORE

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