Interesting facts about Japan a very beautiful country. It is particularly interesting to us Europeans, as it is so different! Land of the Rising Sun is a constant source of fascination and if there is no other like it in the world. Besides the interesting culture, Japan can boast a curious geographical facts.
One of the most familiar geographical facts about Japan is that it is an island nation, but did you know that really is an archipelago of 6852 islands? Of those, only four represent 97 % of the entire land mass. These are the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Hokkaido. Wonderful and iconic symbol of the country - this is Fuji! It is the highest mountain in Japan.
Located on the island of Honshu and rises to 3776 meters. Fuji is classified as an active volcano, although it has not erupted since 1708. This is one of the most photographed sites on the islands and this is not surprising, given the beauty of the mountains. Fuji is often covered with snow, in Lake Yamanaka, you can see her lovely reflection.
On a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen from Tokyo, which is 100 km.
The landscape of Japan is mostly mountainous, with many narrow valleys. This topography means that rivers are short and fast results, but here numerous!
Only the island of Hokkaido has 361 goals rivers! The longest river in Japan is located on the island of Honshu and is called Shinano. Its waters flow along the 336 km. The largest lake in Japan is called Biwa. It is located on Honshu Island, northwest of Kyoto and freshwater. Its area is 640 square kilometers and more than 400 small rivers flow into it.
Biwa is one of the oldest lakes in the world, its formation dates back about 4 million years. In its shores reigns revival for the beaches and the lake supports a fishing industry. Here are built mussel farms for the production of cultured pearls. One of the most significant geographical facts about Japan is the largest number of volcanoes on its territory - the number of active volcanoes in the country is 108.
These volcanoes are destructive effect not only on land with eruptions and earthquakes, but also in the water as formed tsunami who have also taken a huge number of sacrifices. Visitors to Japan should be aware that the weather there is different depending on which of the 6 climatic zones are located. In larger cities monitored four seasons of the year with mild winters and hot, humid summers.
Early summer is the rainy season and typhoons late again brings in most of the country. North (Hokkaido) and the coast is colder in winter snowfalls serious fall. However, to the south, in places like Okinawa, you can enjoy a whole 17 degrees in January.