Japan is the country that is incredibly unique and interesting, making the country a dreamy destination for a lot of travelers. If you visit Japan, at first glance, you might see it as a modern, Westernized country with large, crowded cities full of people in business suits… But Japan gets much stranger than that!
Please check out this list of sometimes useful and often surprising facts about this country.
- Consists of 6852 islands
Japan is an island nation with up to more than 6800 islands in total. Its four biggest islands are Hokkaido, Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku, which together makes up 97% of the total land area of the country.
And don’t forget Okinawa – the paradise islands with beautiful beaches and tropical climate.
- Has one of the lowest crime rates in the world
Japan is one of the world’s safest countries. The most common crimes here includes stealing umbrellas or bicycles left outside the convenience store.
At the trains and metro, you can easily see locals taking a nap while having their phone clearly visible or in their hand.
It’s also common to see local people walking around with their bags open. People don’t even lock their bicycles or their homes all the time! That’s how safe Japan is.
- Has most vending machines in the world
One of the most noticeable things when you travel to Japan is the huge number of vending machines. It’s almost like that they are part of the modern Japanese culture because they’re literally everywhere, around every corner. This is a convenient way not only for the customers but also for the companies to make money without paying staff.
In Japan’s big cities, you can find coffee as well as various other types of drinks like water on a bottle that is both hot and cold available in the vending machines. A lot of restaurants in Japan have also started to implement vending machines to let people order food.
There are also a lot of vending machines that sell food and snacks in the Japanese cities.