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Many visitors limit their sightseeing activities to the urbanized areas between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. As a result, many travelers return home with a misconception of Japan as a large, densely populated megacity. However, over two-thirds of Japan are covered by forested mountains and hills, compared to under 10% of residential and industrial land.

The archipelago stretches nearly 3000 kilometers from north to south, allowing visitors to experience a range of natural sights from the seas off Hokkaido to the jungles in Okinawa. Also, there are majestic volcanoes, breathtaking coastlines and vast forests inhabited by a variety of wildlife. Japan’s nature is protected as national parks and world heritage sites.

Adapted from Fodor's Travel – Quintessential

Japan is a country with premier potential for nature-based tourism based on its:

  • scenic mountains and volcanoes
  • breathtaking landscapes
  • diversity of wildlife
  • an extensive national park
  • cultural variety and friendly people
  • many rivers, waterfalls and lakes
  • large number of adventure activities
  • an impressive coastline with many spectacular beaches
  • important archaeological sites

Adapted from Instituto EcoBrasil – Tourism and Japan – Ecotourism


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