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Outline of Japan

An enlargeable map of Japan

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Japan:

Japan – 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 south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin" (because it lies to the east of nearby countries), which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area.

General reference


Geography of Japan

An enlargeable topographic/hydrographic map of Japan

Environment of Japan

An enlargeable satellite image of Japan

Geographic features of Japan

An enlargeable map of the extreme points of Japan
An enlargeable map of the World Heritage Sites of Japan

Regions of Japan

Tsunami wall at Tsu, Mie

The four main islands of Japan are:

Major regions of Japan include:

Ecoregions of Japan

Administrative divisions of Japan

Prefectures of Japan
Map of the prefectures of Japan in ISO 3166-2:JP order and the regions of Japan

From north to south (numbering in ISO 3166-2:JP order), the prefectures of Japan and their commonly associated regions are:


1. Hokkaido


2. Aomori
3. Iwate
4. Miyagi
5. Akita
6. Yamagata
7. Fukushima


8. Ibaraki
9. Tochigi
10. Gunma
11. Saitama
12. Chiba
13. Tokyo
14. Kanagawa


15. Niigata
16. Toyama
17. Ishikawa
18. Fukui
19. Yamanashi
20. Nagano
21. Gifu
22. Shizuoka
23. Aichi


24. Mie
25. Shiga
26. Kyoto
27. Osaka
28. Hyōgo
29. Nara
30. Wakayama


31. Tottori
32. Shimane
33. Okayama
34. Hiroshima
35. Yamaguchi


36. Tokushima
37. Kagawa
38. Ehime
39. Kōchi

Kyushu & Okinawa

40. Fukuoka
41. Saga
42. Nagasaki
43. Kumamoto
44. Ōita
45. Miyazaki
46. Kagoshima
47. Okinawa

Karafuto, a portion of the island of Sakhalin north of Hokkaido (not shown on the map), was part of Japan from 1907 until World War II. The entire island is now governed by Russia.

Municipalities of Japan
Cities of Japan

Demography of Japan

Government and politics of Japan

Main article: Government of Japan and Politics of Japan

Branches of the government of Japan

Executive branch of the government of Japan

Present Kantei, office and residence of the Prime Minister.

Legislative branch of the government of Japan

Judicial branch of the government of Japan

Foreign relations of Japan

Dish of whale meat

International organization membership of Japan

Japan is a member of:[3]

Law and order of Japan

Motorcycle policeman questioning driver

Military of Japan

History of Japan

Japanese bushi in armour
Main articles: Current events of Japan

History of Japan by period

Culture of Japan

Architecture of Japan

Himeji Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Art of Japan

Cuisine of Japan

Sushi for sale

Cultural icons of Japan

A geisha and a maiko dancing

Fashion in Japan

Two women wearing yukatas

Holidays and festivals of Japan

Homes in Japan

Language in Japan

People of Japan

Ethnicity in Japan

Stereotypes in Japan

Religion in Japan

Sports and gaming in Japan

Economy and infrastructure of Japan

Education in Japan

Japanese junior high school students in sailor outfit-style school uniforms
Main article: Education in Japan and History of education in Japan

Structure of education in Japan

Health in Japan

Science and technology of Japan

JAXA Kibo, the largest module for the International Space Station

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links


  •—Official prime ministerial and cabinet site
  •—Official site of the Imperial family.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs—Detailed papers on Japan's foreign policy, education programs, culture and life.
  •—Official site of the House of Representatives
  • National Diet Library (English)


  • NHK Online
  • Kyodo News
  • Yomiuri Shimbun (English)
  • Asahi Shimbun (English)
  • The Japan Times


  • Japan National Tourist Organization
  • Outline of Japan travel guide from Wikivoyage


  • JapanCIA World Factbook—
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica's Japan portal site
  • Special Report: JapanGuardian Unlimited—
  • Works by Government of Japan at Project Gutenberg containing the 1889 and 1946 Constitutions
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