Country: Japan

Population: 127,433,494

Capital: Tokyo

Time Zone: UTC+9

Currency Name: Yen (JPY)

Government Type: constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government

Languages: Japanese

Ethnic Breakdown: Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.7%

Religion: observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16%

Major Cities:

Phone Country Code: 81

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 100 V - 50/60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Coming-of-Age Day, February 11 (National Foundation Day), Vernal Equinox, April 29 (Showa Day), May 3 (Constitution Memorial Day), May 4 (Greenery Day), May 5 (Children's Day), Marine Day, Bon Festival, Respect for the Aged Day, Autumnal Equinox, Health & Sports Day, November 3 (Culture Day), November 23 (Labor Thanksgiving Day), December 23 (Emperor's Birthday), December 24-25 (Christmas)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: In 1192 Yortomo was named the first shogun by the emperor.