Educational Destination Guide

Whether home-schooling or raising world citizens, our learn-at-home destination guides are perfect for introducing your family to different parts of the world!

about Japan

Japan is an island country located in the far east of Asia. It is made of four main islands and over 6,000 smaller islands. Japan lies in the Pacific Ocean on the edge of the ‘Ring of Fire’. It’s location means Japan is quite prone to earthquakes (and resulting tsunami).


The Japanese letters for the country literally translate to ‘sun origin' which is commonly said to mean ‘Land of the Rising Sun. The flag of Japan has a large red circle which very much looks like a rising sun! As of 2019, the population of Japan was 127 million people making it the 11th most populous country in the world. Interestingly 98.5% of the population are ethnic Japanese, meaning that foreigners living in Japan are very unusual.


The first people thought to have lived in Japan date from about 30,000 years ago in the Palaeolithic era. At this time, Japan was joined to Siberia with a land bridge, so humans could freely walk across!

Learn more about Japan in our Explore-the-world-from-home-guide to Japan!

Our Top Spots Map of Japan

Our 'Top Spots' Map of Japan

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Japan edition contains:

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  • A thorough information section providing an introduction to Japan, it's history, vital statistics, and some of the country's most interesting people and places.

  • Three delicious Japanese recipes to try with your family

  • Three fun crafts and activities inspired by Japan and it's culture

  • A passport printable for your children to fill in. This printable has the dual purpose of capturing young imaginations and also as a valuable resource for processing and recording your child's learning

  • A quiz game to test your knowledge and reinforce learning

  • A comprehensive resource guide to extend your learning

  • Ideal for kids in the 6 to 12 year age range

the vital stats​

  • capital: Tokyo

  • languages: Japanese

  • population: 126 million (2019)

  • area: 377,973 sq km

  • currency: Yen

Japanese Flag - from the Explore the World from Home Guides

did you know?

  • The highest point in Japan in Mount Fuji which is 3,776 metres tall!

  • Japan is the world's fourth largest island county. The world's largest is Indonesia, then Madagascar then Papua New Guinea (turns out Australia is not an island!)

  • Japan has four main islands and about 6,852 smaller islands.

  • The Japanese diet is packed full of fish, rice, and vegetables – making it a very healthy diet. It is thought their diet may be part of the reason that Japanese people have one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

find out more fun facts about Japan in the full Japan: Explore the World from Home Guide. Only USD $7.95. Or check out the free resources below:

Origami Stars activity from the Japan Explore the World from Home Guide

Origami Stars activity from the Japan Explore the World from Home Guide

sample recipe and activity from

the Japan edition


Origami is the art of paper folding. It's a Japanese tradition! Simply take a square of paper and you can transform it into a mini creature or object. There are so many possibilities! In this activity we'll show you how to fold your own four-point ninja stars!


the easiest, tastiest dumplings of all-time and super-fun for the whole family to make. Get the gyoza recipe printable here.

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