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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Traditional Handicrafts


Gifu paper lanterns

Gifu-chochin paper lanterns were first produced in present-day Gifu Prefecture in the mid-18th century. The term Gifu paper lanterns encompasses o-uchi andon (lamp stands), rotating andon, andon that can adopt various shapes, and decorative lanterns. Paper lanterns are a form of portable lighting used in bygone days, and an abundance of the materials used in lantern-making, washi paper and bamboo, allowed production of large volumes of lanterns here. Gifu paper lanterns had taken the form we see today by the first half of the 19th century, and are used widely throughout Japan for decorative use. They are seen at the O-bon festival and Noryosai (Evening Cooling Festival), both held in summer. Gifu paper lanterns were designated a traditional craft in 1995.

Gifu-shi, Gifu

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