JAPAN is an island nation in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean. It lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a country of 6,874 islands extending along the Pacific coast of Asia.
The main islands, running from north to south, are Hokkaidō, Honshū (the main island), Shikoku and Kyūshū. The Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, are a chain of islands south of Kyushū. Together they are often known as the Japanese Archipelago. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, gives Japan frequent low-intensity tremors and occasional volcanic activity. Destructive earthquakes, often resulting in tsunamis, occur several times each century. Hot springs are numerous and have been developed as resorts.
A major economic power, Japan has the world’s second largest economy with high living standards and the longest life expectancy in the world. Japan is one of the leading nations in the fields of scientific research, particularly technology, machinery and biomedical research. Japan has vast array of attractions including many that are World Heritage List and is famous for its traditional attractions including its temples, shrines and gardens.
There are also many modern Japan attractions including theme parks, fashion shopping and precincts, architecture and cultural activities. There are also many natural attractions with vast snow covered mountain ranges and their national parks with many famous wildlife attractions like the snow monkeys.
In the early 1990s the government decided to actively develop the yachting industry, more marinas were built,comand various international regattas were organised. One major attraction is the Inland Sea (Seto Naikai), a large body of water, connected by three passes to the surrounding ocean, which allows a yacht access into the very heart of the country. The place abounds with pretty anchorages or small fishing harbours, but there are also many marinas as well as yacht clubs, which usually offer hospitality to visitors. Those in the smaller places have only basic facilities, while in the larger towns clubs are on a par with the best yacht clubs in Europe or America.
Yokohama in particular has excellent standards of dockage for the larger yachts, but as with the rest of Japan, shorepower for superyachts is not available as yet. Most things are available in Japan
Captain’s log: Japan – Land of the Rising Sun