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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.

Usage Guide


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Traditional Handicrafts


Seto ware

The city of Seto in Aichi Prefecture is one of Japans leading areas of ceramics production. The Akazu ware of Seto in particular rates as one of the top six kilns in Japan. Seto ware features a colorful glaze, and Kiseto, Shino and Oribe varieties of Seto ware with a history of several hundred years, are typical examples of the items made here. The region is endowed with a supply of good quality kaolin, and the techniques used by skilled potters to make tea ceremony utensils, vases for Japanese flower arranging and general tableware have been handed down for generations. Seto-yaki ware was designated a traditional craft in 1977.'

64-1 Oiwake-cho, Seto-shi, Aichi (Seto Ceramics Association)

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