|Japan lies in North East Asia and is an archipelago of islands off the shores of Russia and Korea. It occupies a landmass of 374,744 sq km, of which some 80% is mountainous terrain, including amongst other landmarks, the legendary Mt Fuji. The capital of Japan is Tokyo, where a large proportion of Japan�s 126,974,628 population works and resides. Japan has its own, very strong currency and its own language, although a lot of its cultural influences come from the west, namely music, fashion and other elements of youth culture. The Japanese really respect their past and tradition and certainly some fine examples prevail. It was in Japan that Samurai warriors once walked the streets. Emperors lived in luxury within their Royal Palaces and Geishas attended to their attendees.|
Modern Japan, despite being levelled in WWII, has risen to become one of the world�s most successful countries in terms of manufacture and hi-tech expertise. There is no doubting the buzz of Japan�s big cities and the youth�s ambition to succeed at the top, although beneath the surface, an old Japan still exists.
The climate of Japan is temperate with all four seasons falling at some stage in various different parts of the country. Japan�s close proximity to Siberia ensures a very cold winter, especially in the northern island of Hokkaido where snowfall is great during winter. In summer, most of Japan experiences monsoon and even typhoons. The highest recorded temperature in Tokyo was 38�C and the coldest was -8�C.