Japan - country information
Our country information for Japan provides relevant facts and figures as well as useful links to resources, websites and local media.
Population: 127 Million (2014)
Geography: More than half of Japan is mountainous and covered by forest. The country experiences frequent earthquakes as it is situated on four tectonic plates.
Climate: Japan has four distinct seasons, similar to New Zealand, and during the winter months there are snowfalls in the mountainous areas.
World heritage sites: Fujisan, Himeji-jo, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Yakushima
Capital City: Tokyo
Language(s): Aynu itak, Ryukyuan, Eastern Japanese, Western Japanese
Official language: Japanese
Political system: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Travel advisory information: For up-to-date travel advice for Japan from the New Zealand government visit safetravel.govt.nz
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo
- NZTE market guide
- Embassy of Japan in Wellington
- Lonely Planet