Japan

Legendary Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇)
Samurai warriors battling Mongols during the Mongol invasions of Japan, depicted in the
Emperor Meiji (明治天皇); 1852–1912
Japan's imperial ambitions ended on September 2, 1945, with the country's surrender to the Allies.
The Japanese archipelago
Mount Fuji in Spring, view from Arakurayama Sengen Park
Autumn maple leaves at Kongōbu-ji on Mount Kōya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The National Diet Building
Japan is a member of both the G7 and the G20.
JMSDF class destroyer
The Tokyo Stock Exchange
A rice paddy in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture
A plug-in hybrid car manufactured by Toyota. Japan is the third-largest maker of motor vehicles in the world.
The Japanese Experiment Module (Kibō) at the International Space Station
Japan Airlines, the flag carrier of Japan
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
The Greater Tokyo Area is ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
The torii of Itsukushima Shinto Shrine near Hiroshima
Kanji and hiragana signs
Students celebrating after the announcement of the results of the entrance examinations to the University of Tokyo
12th-century illustrated handscroll of The Tale of Genji, a National Treasure
Noh performance at a Shinto shrine
Young ladies celebrate Coming of Age Day (成人の日) in Harajuku, Tokyo
A plate of nigiri-zushi
Sumo wrestlers form around the referee during the ring-entering ceremony

Island country in East Asia.

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Sapporo

Location of Ishikari Subprefecture in Hokkaido
Sapporo MEA
Sapporo Beer Museum
Susukino, the entertainment district of Sapporo
Dancers in the Yosakoi Sōran Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
Soup curry
The Sapporo Dome in winter
Sapporo Station (2013)
Sapporo Municipal Subway is the only rubber-tired metro system in East Asia
Sapporo Streetcar is currently the only circular tram system in Asia, although a new Circular light rail system is under construction in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The Sapporo Clock Tower, formerly a part of Hokkaido University in the 19th century
Autumn trees at Hokkaido University
Sapporo Odori High School
Sapporo City Hall (June 2007)
Sapporo city map in 1891, showing the city's grid plan
Kuroda Kiyotaka
The Hokkaidō Shrine at Maruyama Park
Sapporo City, Taisho era, 1918
Odori Park in 1936
The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
The Sapporo TV Tower was built in 1957
The 34th G8 summit protest march in 2008
Sapporo City Skyline from Asahiyama Memorial Park (2020)
Odori Park (2018)
Susukino (2009)
A view of Sapporo city and Hokkaidō University (2009)

Sapporo (札幌市) is a city in Japan.

Osaka

Satellite image of Osaka
A street in Umeda, Osaka
Osaka Exchange in the Kitahama district of Osaka
Greater Osaka (without Kyoto) Metropolitan Employment Area.
Keihanshin with Osaka (red), Kobe (green), and Kyoto (blue).
Map of Osaka Metro system
A chef prepares for the evening rush in Umeda
The Glico Man among numerous signboards at Dōtonbori
Grand Front Osaka
Chayamachi district in Kita-ku
Amerikamura in Chuo-ku
Nipponbashi in Naniwa-ku
The National Museum of Art, a subterranean museum for Japanese and international arts
Tenjin Matsuri
The Osaka Dome, home to the Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers
NHK Osaka
Kansai University
Osaka City University
Universal Studios Japan
Nagai Park is visible
Tsūtenkaku, a symbol of Osaka's postwar reconstruction
Ancient shells found in the Morinomiya kaizuka (Jomon period)
Daisen Kofun, the largest Kofun in Sakai, Osaka, 5th century
Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine
Shitennō-ji
Remains of Naniwa-no-Miya Palace (2017)
Osaka Castle (first built in 1583)
The Sumiyoshi-matsuri in the 16th century
Japanese painting of the Siege of Osaka (1615)
Map of Osaka, 1686
Dōjima Rice Exchange ukiyo-e by Yoshimitsu Sasaki
A model of the Kawaguchi foreign settlement (1868-1899)
Skyscrapers in Umeda district
Sennichimae area in 1916
View of Osaka after the bombing in 1945
The Expo '70 was the first world's fair held in Japan and Asia
Abeno Harukas, tallest building in Japan
Central Osaka looking north from the Abeno Harukas observation deck (2014)
Osaka skyline towards Umeda (2014)
Nakanoshima, a boundary of Kita (right) and Semba (left)
Umeda district (2019)
Dōtonbori bridge
Namba (2015)
Utsubo Park
Osaka Castle Park
Sakuranomiya Park
Yodogawa Riverside Park
Izumi Hall
Osaka-jō Hall
National Bunraku Theatre
Tenma Tenjin Shichotei

Osaka (大阪市) is a designated city in the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan.

Sea of Japan

Marginal sea between the Japanese archipelago, Sakhalin, the Korean Peninsula, and the mainland of the Russian Far East.

Relief of the Sea of Japan and nearby areas.
Map showing Japanese archipelago, Sea of Japan and surrounding part of continental East Asia in Early Miocene (23–18 Ma).
Map showing Japanese archipelago, Sea of Japan and surrounding part of continental East Asia in Middle Pliocene to Late Pliocene (3.5–2 Ma).
Von Kármán vortices off the coast of Rishiri Island
Tategami rock
Mitsukejima "Battleship Island"
The Tumen River flows into the Sea of Japan. The last 17 km of the river form the border between North Korea and Russia. This picture is of the Korea Russia Friendship Bridge that crosses the Tumen River.
The mouth of Partizanskaya River near Nakhodka. View from Sopka Sestra.
Sea lions on Moneron Island
Heishi rock near Kamome Island, Hokkaido
Zolotoy Rog bay near Vladivostok, Russia
The Sea of Japan seen from the south of Slavyanka. From a distance, the two islands of Antipenko (left) and Sibiryakov (right).
A bay at Sibiryakov Island, {{cvt|50|km|mi}} south from Vladivostok.
Sunset on {{ill|Little Verkhovsky Islands|ru|Острова Верховского}} near Vladivostok.

In 1803–1806, the Russian navigator Adam Johann von Krusenstern while sailing across the globe in the ship Nadezhda also explored, in passing, the Sea of Japan and the eastern shores of Japanese islands.

Island country

Island nation is a country whose primary territory consists of one or more islands or parts of islands.

Sovereign states and states with limited recognition fully on islands (Australia is regarded a continent): those with land borders shaded green, and those without shaded dark blue
Cuba is the largest island nation in the Caribbean Sea and in the Antilles
Japan is an archipelago in Asia that constitutes one of the richest and most populated nations on Earth
Landscape of Iceland in Europe

Island countries are typically small with low populations, although some, like Indonesia and Japan are notable exceptions.

Kyoto

Kyoto seen from Mount Atago in the northwest corner of the city
Light blue represents the Kyoto metropolitan area defined by Kyōto Toshiken Jichitai Network and blue represents Kyoto MEA.
Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto City Hall
Kyoto Economic Center
Nintendo main headquarters
Kyoto University
Kansai Airport express Haruka at Kyōto Station
Inside Kyōto Station
Railway map around Kyoto City
Shinkansen at Kyoto Station
An express service bound for Kokusaikaikan Station of the Karasuma Line is running on Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Platform screen doors at Higashiyama Station of the Tōzai Line
A typical Kyoto Municipal Bus
Shijō Street
Kyoto and Karasuma Street seen from Kyoto Tower
Expressway map around Kyoto City. Roads and junctions under planning are shown by dotted lines.
Tourists on street near Kiyomizu-dera
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum
Kyoto Botanical Garden
A tsukemono shop on Nishiki Street
A monk by the Katsura River in Arashiyama
Ponto-chō Street
Geishas in Kyoto
Sanga Stadium by Kyocera, home of Kyoto Sanga FC.
18th-century map with the Japanese capital "Meaco"
Kyōto Station (2018)
Teramachi (2018)
Kawaramachi (2017)
Kyoto Skylines from Kiyomizu-dera(2015)
Kyoto International Manga Museum (2008)
Rakutō (Yamashina)
Rakutō (Lake Biwa Canal)
Rakusai (Katsura)
Rakusai (Arashiyama)
Rakunan (Momoyama)
Rakunan (Fushimi)
Rakuhoku (Kitaōji)
Rakuhoku (Kamigamo)
Shimogamo Shrine
Kamigamo Shrine(Kamo Shrine)
Emperor Kanmu
Daidairi (palace in the center) and the cityscape of Heian-kyō
Ōnin War
Nijō Castle
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Jurakudai
Sanjō Ōhashi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō)
Perspective Pictures of Places in Japan: Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto
Fushimi Castle
Kinmon incident
Battle of Toba–Fushimi (Boshin War)
View of Kyoto from beside the Hondō of Kiyomizudera. – 1879<ref>{{Cite web |url=https://coololdphotos.com/beautiful-kiyomizu-dera-temple-in-kyoto-japan-c-1879/ |title=Beautiful Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan c. 1879 |last=Tom |date=2015-08-25 |website=Cool Old Photos |language=en-US |access-date=2019-03-03 |archive-date=2019-03-06 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190306043552/https://coololdphotos.com/beautiful-kiyomizu-dera-temple-in-kyoto-japan-c-1879/ |url-status=live }}</ref>
Nanzenji aqueduct
Kamigamo Shrine
Tō-ji
Kiyomizu-dera
Saihō-ji
Tenryū-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Ryōan-ji
Nishi Hongan-ji
Nijō Castle
Daigo-ji
Ginkaku-ji
Ninna-ji
Kōzan-ji
Gion Matsuri
Aoi Matsuri
Jidai Matsuri
Gozan no Okuribi
Kyocera Sanga Stadium (Kameoka)
Takebishi Stadium Kyoto (Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
Wakasa Stadium Kyoto (Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
Hannaryz Arena (Kyoto Municipal Gymnasium)
Kyoto Racecourse

Kyoto (Japanese: 京都, Kyōto ), officially Kyoto City (京都市), is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan.

Prefectures of Japan

This article covers the Japanese Prefectures.

Japan is divided into 47 prefectures (都道府県, todōfuken, ), which rank immediately below the national government and form the country's first level of jurisdiction and administrative division.

Greater Tokyo Area

Growth of densely inhabited districts (Densely Inhabited District, defined as >4,000 people/km2 or >10,355 people/mi2) of suburb Saitama city (outlined) of northern Greater Tokyo, 1960s to 2010. Notice how the densely populated zones grow along railway lines and stations, the purple circles and lines. Green southern border is Tokyo.
Special wards of Tokyo
Shibuya
Hachiōji
Chiba
Kawasaki
Saitama
Yokohama
Kawaguchi
Greater Tokyo area around Tokyo Bay at night (2021)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Tower
Narita International Airport
Yamanote Line, 3.61 million passengers ride per day
Shuto Expressway on Rainbow Bridge

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, consisting of the Kantō region of Japan (including Tokyo Metropolis and the prefectures of Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Tochigi) as well as the prefecture of Yamanashi of the neighboring Chūbu region.

Emperor of Japan

Emperor Go-Daigo
The first arrival of Emperor Meiji to Edo (1868).
Masako, Empress Consort of Japan from 2019
Conjectural images of the Imperial Regalia of Japan.
Enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (22 October 2019)
Entrance of the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachiōji, Tokyo
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Emperor Shows Hirohito was the Japanese Emperor during World War Two and after

The emperor of Japan is the monarch and the head of the Imperial Family of Japan.

Heian-kyō

One of several former names for the city now known as Kyoto.

Daidairi (大内裏, palace in the center) and the cityscape of Heian-kyō (miniature model at the Kyoto City Life-long Learning Center)
Miniature model of the ancient capital Heian-kyō
Old map of Kyoto
Perspective Pictures of Places in Japan: Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto
Toyoharu, c. 1772–1781
Schematic diagram of Heian-kyō
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It was the official capital of Japan for over one thousand years, from 794 to 1868 with an interruption in 1180.

Imperial House of Japan

The Imperial House of Japan (皇室), also referred to as the Imperial Family, or the House of Yamato, comprises those members of the extended family of the reigning Emperor of Japan who undertake official and public duties.

Former Emperor Akihito and former Empress Michiko with their family in November 2013
Members of the Imperial Family show themselves to the general public during celebrations for the new emperor's enthronement. Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko are not present (4 May 2019).
The Japanese Imperial Family tree as of February 2022
Emperor Hirohito and members of the Kyū-Miyake (Cadet Royal Families)
Panorama of the Tokyo Imperial Palace
Princess Mako (left) plans to forego a one-off million-dollar payment given to imperial women upon leaving the Imperial Family
Imperial official vehicle, Toyota Century Royal "Empress 1".
Emperor Hirohito as head of the Imperial General Headquarters on 29 April 1943
Imperial Standard of the Emperor
Imperial Standard of the Emperor Emeritus
Imperial Standard of the Empress, the Empress Emerita, the Grand Empress Dowager and the Empress Dowager
Imperial Standard of the Crown Prince
Imperial Standard of the Regent
Imperial Standard of the Crown Prince
Imperial Standard of the Crown Princess
Imperial Standard of a member of the Imperial House

This Japanese monarchy is said to be the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world.