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Learn some interesting information about Japan while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that's perfect for kids!

Read about the highest mountain in Japan, Japanese culture, engineering, population, islands, Samurai, economy, companies and much more.

  • The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means “sun origin”.

  • Japan belongs to the continent of Asia. Japan is an island nation surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.

  • Japan is made up of 6,852 islands.

  • The highest point in Japan in Mount Fuji, which stands at 3,776m (12,388ft).

  • Japan's population has been declining for a number of years. As of 2023, there are around 125 million people living in Japan.

  • Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and also the largest city. Other major cities include Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo.

  • Japanese is the official language of Japan.

  • Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, so has many volcanoes and experiences many earthquakes. In 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan and created a tsunami which resulted in much devastation.

  • Almost three quarters of Japan's land is either forest or mountains and is difficult to be made into farms, industrial or residential areas.

  • Human life in Japan dates back thousands of years.

  • Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsmen. Their main weapon was the Katana, a sharp sword with a slight curve to it.

  • Due to gases produced by power plants, Japan sometimes suffers from acid rain.

  • Japan is an industrialized nation, producing some of the most technologically advanced motor vehicles, electronics, and machine tools. 

  • Japan is a world leader in robotics. Japanese engineers are known for producing a range of human-like robots such as ASIMO.

  • Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Sony, Nintendo, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp.

  • Japanese drivers use the left-hand side of the road.

  • Japanese cuisine has become popular around the world. Some well-known dishes are sushi, sashimi and tempura.

  • Around the year 2000, Japan moved a number of national holidays to Monday to ensure more long weekends for its hard-working people. Sounds like a good idea!

  • Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts. Karate, Judo, Sumo, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Jujutsu, and Aikido to name a few.

  • Sumo is recognized as the national sport of Japan, although the most popular spectator sport is baseball.

  • Japan hosted the 1964 and 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo. They also hosted the 1972 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo and Nagano, respectively.

  • For more information, check out maps of Japan or take a closer look at the Japanese flag.

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