Japan

Overview

Japan is a country full of contrast. With its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, kabuki theatre, and geisha, this East Asian nation embraces a rich cultural heritage yet is at the forefront of technological innovation led by modern day 'samurai' such as Sony and Toyota. With the Greater Tokyo Area being the largest metro population in the world, Japan is a highly urbanized nation. Yet its rural regions still offer a wealth of possibilities for outdoor types.

The land of the rising sun is an archipelago consisting of more than 3000 islands, stretching 3300 kilometres from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. With so much coastline there is ample opportunity to pursue marine activities such as surfing, kite-boarding, windsurfing, sailing, scuba-diving, snorkeling and fishing.

There are four main islands in Japan - the main island of Honshu, the small island of Shikoku to the immediate south, the larger island of Kyushu to the south-west and the northern island of Hokkaido. The landscape is dominated by mountains which cover almost three-quarters of the total land area. This abundance of mountainous terrain lends itself to great hiking and mountain-biking in the warmer months and excellent skiing and snowboarding during winter.

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