The geography of Japan is interesting, since it is an archipelago formed by thousands of islands that are located in an area of volcanic activity. In this article, we show you updated maps of Japan, both physical and political, that will be of great help if you are thinking of visiting this territory.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
Japan, also known as the Land of the Rising Sun, is a country that is located in East Asia, in the Pacific Ocean. Specifically, it is an archipelago formed by 6,852 islands in which about 127 million people live.
In this world map we can see its exact location. As we can see, Japan, which appears colored in red, is located near the coasts of Russia, North Korea, South Korea and China:
As for the political division of the country, Japan is organized into 8 regions which, in turn, are divided into a total of 47 prefectures. In this map we find each region of a different color, as well as the names of each territory and the location of the main cities:
The total area of Japan is 377,915 km². It is a mountainous archipelago in which the flame zones are scarce. The highest peak is the Mount Fuji, which has an altitude of 3,776 m.a.s.l.
As for the rivers, these are quite short, since in general they measure less than 300 km. The longest river is the Shinano, which is 367 km long. In this silent physical map you can see the geography of the territory:
This archipelago is of volcanic origin, so there are numerous volcanoes that are found along its relief. In relation to this, earthquakes are not strange and it is a country quite prepared for them.
If you plan to travel through Japan by car, it is important that you know the distribution of the main roads and the cities through which they pass. This road map can help you:
Travelers interested in nature see in Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island, a good option. In it we find a particular culture and numerous natural resources. It has seven airports, whose location we can see in this image, which also shows the route of the train tracks:
Also, with this beautiful map with drawings we can get a general idea of where the main tourist attractions of the country are located:
History lovers find the old maps interesting, since observing them you can better understand the situation of each country in the past and the differences with respect to the present. This map was drawn in the 17th century. In it, we can see how the territory was divided at that time:
This last map is more recent, since it dates from 1903. Therefore, it is decades before the First and Second World War and, therefore, the launch of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
In it we not only find the territory of Japan embodied, but a large part of other countries such as China and Mongolia.
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