Japan is one of the most interesting places in the world. It has its own unique culture and technological advancements that inspired the rest of the world. Although this may be the case, Japan’s culture is widely misunderstood.
Japan is an interesting country and they have very unique culture and traditions. So don’t be surprised if you see raw horse meat in their menu or if you see a lot of vending machines that line their streets. It is just part of their colorful culture.
Even if you have never been there, you can admit that Japan is one interesting country. After reading our list of super-fascinating facts about Japan, you will be eager to pack your bags and book your ticket.
From the religion and the economy, to their lifestyle and natural beauty, Japan is a wonderful place. It also has some pretty strange and incredible tidbits. So take a moment or two to read about this popular Asian country. You will be surprised by how much you will learn! And our apologies, but we don’t have any sushi to offer you!
- Super Fascinating Facts about Japan
- 1 Famous Names
- 2 King of the Nerds
- 3 Look Out Below!
- 4 An Ancient Home
- 5 Nature Lovers, Unite!
- 6 Ring of Fire
- 7 Too Many People?
- 8 Majestic Mountain Views
- 9 An Island Nation
- 10 Japan by Another Name
- 11 High Literacy Rate
- 12 Coffee is More Popular than Tea?
- 13 Many Writing Systems
- 14 Some Fruit is CRAZY Expensive!
- 15 Religion is Less Emphasized
- 16 Use Slippers
- 17 Eat Noodles Properly
- 18 Christmas Hits Different in Japan
- 19 The Train is Very Popular
- Video: How to Spend 14 Days in Japan – A Japan Travel Itinerary
Super Fascinating Facts about Japan
1 Famous Names
If you love Sony, Toshiba, Honda, Toyota, or Nintendo, you can thank Japan for that.
2 King of the Nerds
Japan is a technological giant, and is a worldwide leader in the field of robotics.
3 Look Out Below!
Due to its large amount of manufacturing and power plants, Japan deals with periods of acid rain.
4 An Ancient Home
The ancient civilizations of Japan date back thousands of years.
5 Nature Lovers, Unite!
About 75% of the country is made up of nature, such as mountains and woods.
6 Ring of Fire
Japan sits among the “Ring of Fire,” a land area where volcanoes are quite common.
7 Too Many People?
In Japan alone, there are over 120,000,000 people.
8 Majestic Mountain Views
Mount Fuji in Japan is super tall: 12,388 feet tall!
9 An Island Nation
Japan is a country that is made up of over 6,000 islands!
10 Japan by Another Name
In Japanese, it is called “Nippon”, which means “from the sun.”
11 High Literacy Rate
The literacy rate of the country is between 99% and 100%.
12 Coffee is More Popular than Tea?
Contrary to what most people think, Japan is not really a tea-drinking nation. Most Japanese prefer coffee over tea. In fact, the country imports about 85% of coffee from Jamaica.
13 Many Writing Systems
Japanese use four writing systems, which include Kanji, Romaji, Katakana, and Hiragana.
14 Some Fruit is CRAZY Expensive!
In Japan, muskmelon, a distant relative of the cantaloupe, can fetch as high as $300USD.
15 Religion is Less Emphasized
Religion does not play a big role among the Japanese. In fact, most of them were born without religion so do not ask them questions about it.
16 Use Slippers
When you use the restroom in someone’s house, you are required to use a designated bathroom slipper so that you do not contaminate the rest of the home.
17 Eat Noodles Properly
The correct way of eating soba noodles is to slurp loudly. Japanese believe that slurping indicates that the food is good. It also helps to cool down the noodles.
18 Christmas Hits Different in Japan
Christmas in Japan is like Valentine’s Day. It is a day for lovers. So if you are single, expect a cold and lonely Christmas.
19 The Train is Very Popular
Most Japanese use the train system quite frequently. At times, the trains are overly crowded that railway staff are often employed to cram or push passengers inside. Also, if you don’t speak Japanese you might find it impossible to read the maps – I did at least!
Video: How to Spend 14 Days in Japan – A Japan Travel Itinerary
Honestly watching this awesome video just makes me want to go visit again very soon!
A two-week Japan itinerary covering the most essentials spots and things to do.
Hi I’m Jay. I grew up in Seattle, Washington and live in Los Angeles, California. I have travelled to 23 countries so far and planning to go explore more countries soon! My Favorite trips so far have been to Israel, Japan, Rome, Iceland and Australia. I started this site to share my love of travel with everyone and build a community of like-minded, free thinking, free exploring people.