Made up of more than 6,850 islands, Japan is an East Asian island nation situated in the Pacific Ocean just east of the Sea of Japan. Japan’s four largest islands and its most popular tourist destinations are Kyushu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and Honshu, the most popular Japanese destination home to Tokyo, Osaka and Mount Fuji. The Japanese characters that comprise the country’s name literally mean ‘sun origin’, earning Japan the nickname of the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, ancient culture and delicate cherry blossoms, Japan boasts modern cities and high speed bullet trains juxtaposed against 6th century castles and temples and snow-capped valleys and mountains. A huge player in the global market, Japan also offers sprawling urban areas, excellent shopping and world-class restaurants, not to mention a safe and friendly atmosphere for all visitors.