Friday, August 29, 2008

Physical Features Map Of Japan

Here you can find a physical features map of Japan for download or printing. Japan is an archipelago consisting of more than 3,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, in Northeast Asia. Its 4 biggest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku.

Japan lies to the east of Korea and China, and to the southeast of Russia. The southermost Ryukyu islands of Okinawa prefecture are very near the Republic of China (Taiwan). And the island of Hokkaido borders Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk, where Russia currently occupies the southern Kuril islands that the USSR seized from Japan in WWII, subsequently expelling the Japanese residents.

Japan's total land area is 377,873 km² (145,883 square miles), though 70-80% of the country is mountainous uninhabitable land. That gives Japan's mainly coastal inhabitable areas an extremely high population density, with 130 million people squeezed into limited space. The coastal strip around Osaka Bay, extending from Hyogo Prefecture through Osaka and Wakayama Prefectures, is like one sprawling megacity with no uninhabited areas. I should know, because I live here! (^0^)/
Greater Tokyo is even more massive and densely populated.

Physical map of Japan showing elevation and land features

Physical features map of Japan and Okinawa

Large phyiscal map of Japan and surrounding area

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