Japan Travel Overview

Japan Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Tokyo (See more on ITYPEMBA.COM)

Official language: Japanese

Currency: Yen 1JPY = 0.01EUR

Continent: East Asia

Vacation in Japan – 日本国

In the “Land of the Rising Sun” the past meets the future. On the one hand, Japanese culture goes back thousands of years, absorbs and creates the latest trends.


According to Countryaah, Japan is one of the eight largest industrial nations in the world (G8). Other countries in this group are: Germany, the USA, the UK, Canada, France, and Italy and Russia. China, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea and Russia are in the vicinity of the Japanese Islands.


Japan is a prime example of contrasts and opposites. Many Japanese companies are pioneers in their fields, but Japan seems to be constantly on the verge of ruin. Cities are modern and high-tech, but ancient wooden huts still survive here alongside designer apartments. In a modern skyscraper you can suddenly come across a wooden sliding door, behind which there is a traditional tea room with a tatami floor and calligraphy on the walls. These contrasts will ensure that your Japanese vacation will hardly be boring.


Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. There is only a low crime rate and you can walk through the darkest streets at night without hesitation. You can travel alone and also use the trains in the evening. All of this also applies to women. The numerous natural phenomena in Japan represent
a higher security risk than a violent crime. Japan is marked by earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and also volcanoes. Nevertheless, the risk is relatively low, as the Japanese have adapted their buildings, rail transport and the like very well to this event, so that the Japanese see it as an everyday occurrence.


Stay in a Ryokan – Ryokan are traditional Japanese inns and an overnight stay in one is the highlight of many trips to Japan. Since you should know a little about Japanese customs and etiquette when staying in a ryokan, many do not accept foreign guests (especially if they do not speak Japanese), while others are geared towards such guests. A night in a ryokan with dinner and breakfast costs ¥ 8,000 per person in the best case. There is no upper limit.


The Japanese cuisine has conquered the world. Today you can get sushi in places where you don’t expect it. But Japanese cuisine has a lot more to offer: there is a large selection of noodles (men), raamen, thin soba made from buckwheat and thick udon made from wheat – and a whole range of donburi (rice bowl) dishes and also Japan’s most popular dish, the Curry rice (karee raisu) tastes very Japanese. In addition, you should not miss the pleasure of Shabu-Shabu, a kind of fondue with broth, Nabe, in which the meat and vegetables are cooked in a broth, but this is also eaten, and also Okonomiyaki, which are delicious hearty pancakes to let.

Table manners

The Japanese eat all traditional dishes with chopsticks, the main exceptions being curry rice and fried rice, which are eaten with a spoon. The Japanese justify this with the fact that the rice with the sauce is too heavy to eat with chopsticks. Eating with chopsticks is surprisingly easy to learn, but you need a while before you really master it (a “training” before entry is therefore advisable). At least one taboo should be noted: chopsticks must never be stuck vertically in a rice bowl, as the rice is used as a meal for the deadis dedicated! In addition, something that is handed to you with chopsticks should not be taken with chopsticks, as this is also part of the funeral rite! Furthermore, the Japanese never pour soy sauce over the rice. Sushi, on the other hand, can be dipped in soy sauce.


Currency (sub-unit)


ISO 4217 code

JPY / 392


Continent: Asia

Region: east

Geo coordinates: N 36 ° 12 ‘17.4 ” E 138 ° 15’ 10.5″

Highest mountain: Fujiyama (3,776 m)

Total area: 377,835 km²

Mainland: 374,744 km²

Coastline: 29,751 km


Dependency: independent since foundation

Formerly dependent states: Korea, Democratic People’s Republic until 1945
Korea, Republic until 1945

UN member since: 1956

Form of government: Constitutional monarchy


Japan GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Vehicles, steel goods, optics

BSP: $ 5,614,552,000,000

GDP: $ 5,512,761,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 4,398 billion

Economic growth: 2.9%

GDP share of agriculture: 1.6%

GDP share of industry: 25.3%

GDP share of services: 73.1%

Unemployment: 4.3%

State budget revenue: $ 4294967295

State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295

National debt: 154.2%

Export: $ 563.2 billion

Import: $ 516.4 billion

Foreign debt: $ 1,829,000,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 986 billion

Electricity consumption: 973,000 million KWh

Gas reserves: 39,640 million m³

Gas production: 2,940 million m³

Gas consumption: 88,600 million m³

Oil reserves: 29 million m³

Oil production: 152,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 5,786,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 12.29%

Bovine: 4,659,000 pieces

Pigs: 9,569,000 pieces

Fishing: 5,790,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 127,463,700

Residents in cities: 100,970,000

Average age: 42.9 years

0-14 years: 14.2%

15-64 years: 65.7%

> 65 years: 20.1%

Population growth: 0.02%

Birth rate: 9.37 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 9.16 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.95

Fertility: 1.4 Children / woman

Infant mortality: 3.24 ‰

Life expectancy men: 77.96 years

Life expectancy women: 84.7 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: JP

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: JPN

ISO 3166 numeric: 392

Top Level Domain: jp

IOC country code: JPN


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 75,330,000

Cell Phones: 92,711,000

Radios: 124,100,000

TV: 106,450,000

Computer: 58,140,000

Internet users: 72,060,000


Railway lines: 23,556 km

Paved roads: 935,860 km

of which expressways: 7,136 km

Cars: 67,259,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 683

Pipelines: 2,949


Number of doctors: 263,700

Daily food intake: 2,790 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 12,000



Foundation: 660 BC Chr.

Last sovereign since: 660 BC Chr.


Main religious group: Buddhists


Prison inmates: 74,800


Armed forces (troop strength): 240,000

Main battle tank: 1,100

Battleships: 48

Submarines: 16

Warplanes: 330

Helicopter: 40

Defense Spending: $ 44,794,800,000