The archipelago has around 3400 islands, including Hokkaido and Kyushu Handoikoku are most important. The topography is mountainous and volcanic, dominated by so-called Japanese Alps. As 85% of land are uninhabitable and rugged mountains, 40% of the population is concentrated in only 1% of the territory, in the narrow plains along the Pacific coast. There, the population densities are always higher than 1000 inhabitants per km2. The climate is subtropical in the south, temperate in the middle and cold in the north. Situated at the meeting point of two currents, one hot and one cold, the seas of Japan are conducive to fishing, one of the foundations of its economy. Practiced intensive and mechanized agriculture in the coastal plains and the main crops are rice, soybeans and legumes. Excessive use of fishery resources and agriculture is leading to their extinction. Mineral resources are available to small. Highly industrialized country has a huge foreign trade. Industrial products exports and imports large quantities of raw materials. Especially in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama.
Weather in Japan (except for areas of Hokkaido and Okinawa) is temperate with four distinct seasons. The winters are cold and sunny in the south and Tokyo (where it snows occasionally) and very cold in Hokkaido, where snow is usually a lot. The summer between June and September can be warm or hot depending on the year. Spring and autumn are generally mild throughout the country. There is rainfall throughout the year but the wettest months are June to early July. In Hokkaido, the climate is rather dry and rain in Tokyo is intermittent. In September or October may be a typhoon is very rare but it lasts longer than a day. Clothing: In all areas of the country during the summer, you need comfortable clothing and lightweight cotton. Although in Japan it rains much less than in Western Europe should take a pledge to rain lightly. In autumn and winter clothing needed (depending on the area) and if you are traveling to the mountains for winter clothes very extreme.
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Japan offers a wealth of entertainment. There’s no time for boredom, it’s just a question and be encouraged to involve all of entertainment possibilities offered by the country.
In addition to visiting the countless museums and galleries listed in the section on places of interest, nothing better to do walk through the Japanese gardens which enjoy great fame. The great creative ability of the Japanese, along with a rich tradition, have meant that small areas have created an atmosphere of perfect harmony and beauty. Gardeners meticulously placed each item on your site to faithfully represent the landscapes of nature. Thanks to the influence of Zen Buddhism, the gardens of simple design creates the illusion of an unlimited space in small areas. Kyoto is particularly rich in gardens such as the Katsura Imperial Villa, the Kinkakuji Pavilion and Nijo Castle, including the famous rock garden of Ryoan-ji Temple. Highlighted in the gardens of Tokyo Higashi Gyoen, Hama Rikyu and the large public park in Shinjuku Gyoen, which was one of the favorite places of the imperial family. But wherever you go, you’ll find a garden in which to relax.
After these tours there’s nothing better than to attend one of the performances of traditional Japan. Start by enjoying a representation of Noh, stylized movements of play that has undergone very little change since its inception almost 700 years ago. Only involved in its implementation men bear masks, using a very archaic language. The main topics are often on mythological beings, beautiful women, or heroic and tragic stories about the anguish of existence. Occasionally seen in Tokyo, the National Noh Theater, in the district of Shinjuku, or in some schools as the Kita Noh Nohgakudo or Umewaka Nohgakudo in the city of Nakano.
However, the Kabuki Theater is more popular because it was intended in its origins to the entertainment of the masses. It is also one of the most popular and traditional Japan. Unlike the Noh, Kabuki Theater is more entertaining and topics dealing with love, hatred or revenge. In its implementation only men participate in costume spectacular, agile movements and put in scenes that are a wonder. Paradoxically Kabuki emerged from a group of women staged Kyoto erotic dances at the beginning of the sixteenth century. This alarm to the Shogun who eventually banning all women to participate in the Kabuki. In Tokyo the most suitable place is to go to the Kabuki-za in Ginza, with performances throughout the year. Also in this district will find the Shimbashi Embujo, while the National Theater of Japan, near the Imperial Palace offers occasional representations of this type.
Another good option by the Bunraku, an elaborate form of puppet theater. Made of wood and porcelain, these giant puppets, manipulated by three people, representing various scenes from the life of the old Japan. Osaka is the capital of Bunraku, but in the small hall of the National Theater in Tokyo may be a few performances.
For those who enjoy the flowers, nothing better than an exhibition of Ikebana, the art of flower arrangement. There are several trends, but the traditional one, which has its beginning in the Heian period, which is in heaven, man and earth. The ikebana emphasizes simplicity and accuracy of forms to symbolize different aspects of nature. There are often exhibitions in department stores and major hotels. Daily performances of Kabuki, Noh, and Bunraku puppets, as well as concerts, classical dance, ballet, theater art, variety, cinema and opera.
If you prefer sports, Japan offers a good range to choose from. Among the most popular is the Sumo, a form of struggle that has its origins in the Shinto shrines, for over 2000 years. The huge wrestlers are subjected to rigorous training and strict diet to achieve that so peculiar, well known by all. The fight takes place in a sort of ring of circular arena with a diameter of 5 m. The winner of the battle is the one that pulls the opponent outside the ring.
One of the most popular sports Judo is a defensive art that is based on a series of “keys” to cancel the force of the opponent. A good place to enjoy is the training center Kodokan in Tokyo. , Besides, the Kendo, Karate and Aikido, martial art that is based on the concentration of energy to take advantage over the opponent. Be sure to attend a baseball game in Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo to enjoy a very special atmosphere.
Japan is also undoubtedly a country of festivals. In any neighborhood of the city and in every corner lost in the mountains, any historical or religious tradition, is celebrated with a feast. Will find it difficult to leave Japan without having attended any of them. We highlight the most representative: Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto, the shichigosan, or Festival of Children on November 15, the Soma Nomaoi with horses, in Fukushima, the Takayama Matsuri Festival in Gifu and the Summer Festival in Aomori, among others.
Moreover, Japan has many attractions such as aquariums, amusement parks, theme parks such as Parque Toba in Spain, not to mention the Tokyo Disneyland.
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