Japan is an island nation in East Asia. It stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia. Sometimes it is reffered to as the »Land of the Rising Sun«.
The four largest islands of the 6852 islands Japan consists of are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku. Together they compromise about ninety-seven percent of Japans land area. With over 30 million residents Honshūs Greater Tokyo Area is the largest metropolitan area in the world. It includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures.