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Many visitors limit their sightseeing activities to the country's heavily urbanized areas between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. As a result, many return home with a hardened misconception that Japan is one large, densely populated megacity. In fact, however, over two-thirds of Japan are covered by forested mountains and hills, compared to less than ten percent residential and industrial land.

The Japanese archipelago stretches nearly 3000 kilometers from north to south, allowing visitors to experience a wide range of natural sights from the drift ice in the seas off Hokkaido to the mangrove jungles in Okinawa. In between, there are majestic volcanoes, breathtaking coastlines and vast forests inhabited by monkeys, bears, deer, cranes and other wildlife. Places of particular natural beauty are 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, because it has:

  • 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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