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Travel the World

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BC: Make your way to japan now!

FC: Travel to Japan Experience the travel of a lifetime

1: Population: 127,078,679(July 2009est) Population growth rate: -.0191%(2009est) Birth Rate: 7.64births/1,000 population (2009 est) Death Rate: 9.54 deaths/1,000 population(2009est) Ethnic Groups: Japanese 98.5%,Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other0.6% Religions: Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8% | JAPAN'S People


3: Parliamentary government with constitutional monarchy Capital Tokyo | JAPAN'S GOVERNMENT

4: In 1603, a Tokugawa shogun ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its culture. Japan occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China Japan attacked US forces in 1941, triggering America's entry into World War II. After its defeat, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians wield actual decision-making power. In January 2009, Japan assumed a impermanent seat on the UN Security Council. | BACKGROUND INFO

5: Major Cities | Toyko Osaka Kobe Hiroshima

8: Tokyo's Imperial Palace - The first stop on your Tokyo sightseeing tour (besides the cash machine), the Imperial Palace is home to the emperor and his family and much of the palace grounds are closed to the public. The castle is surrounded by moats and massive stone walls, and is just a short walk from the main Tokyo rail station. Kokyo Gaien - Located outside the palace, the Kokyo Gaien (palace garden) is open to the public and a suitable spot to snap a postcard perfect photo. The garden is also one of the most heavily trafficked of all Tokyo sightseeing options, so be sure to come early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds. Mt. Fuji - If Tokyo sightseeing leaves you feeling a bit claustrophobic, head south towards the majestic and almost perfectly symmetrical cone of 12,388 ft Mt. Fuji. A sacred volcano imbued with a living spirit, Mt Fuji can be climbed from July 1 to August 31. But if you don't feel like climbing, the nearby Hakone National Park and its many natural hot springs are a perfect way to relax. | Things to do

9: Sumo Wrestling - Sumo is a unique sport in that everyone knows of it, but hardly anyone outside Japan understands its rules, or could name a single sumo wrestler. This Tokyo attraction is best seen in mid January when the first tournament of the year, Hatsu Basho, is held for fifteen days at Tokyo's Kokugikan. Fire Walking - One of the hottest Tokyo attractions is the Fire-Walking Ceremony held in mid march at the foot of Mount Takao. Come see this 1400-year-old, pre-Buddhist sect of Yamabushi Monks meditate for hours, perform a mesmerizing fire dance and then take the hot walk. And if you feel up to it, you can even participate! Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku - These three distinct types of traditional Japanese theater are a feast for the eyes and the ears—even if you can't understand a word of the production—and a mainstay of modern Japan tourism. The best place to watch a show is in Kyoto, or, if you're lucky, a rickety old village theater. | Things to do

10: MORE TO DO | Hiroshima - If you travel in Japan, the Peace Memorial Museum that stands witness to the atomic bomb dropped here on August 6th 1945, is a sober reminder of the horrors of nuclear war. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, known as the Genbaku Dome, was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded. It is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hokkaido - This is Japan's northernmost island and the volcanic landscape of the relatively unpopulated Hokkaido is highlighted by lakes and forests, and provides a perfect destination for those seeking adventure travel in Japan. One of the best National Parks is Daisetsuzan. Densely forested and mountainous this unspoiled wilderness is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

11: The Dodo Drum Festival - The remote island of Sado-ga-shima, is home to a famous Japanese taiko drumming troupe. Each year a world-renowned dance, drumming and music festival is held, making this event a remote but interesting Japan tourism option. The Tono Valley - If you crave a vacation that includes rural travel in Japan, hire a bike or hook up with a Japan tourism company and spend a day cycling or busing through this picturesque valley. | MORE TO DO

12: japans currency is the yen | currency

13: Transportation | Railways Highways Waterways Pipelines Ports and harbors Airports

14: Painting Calligraphy Sculpture Performing arts Architecture | Japanese Culture

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