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e Natural Resources and Land UsageThe island of Japan 145826 sq mi is located in the North Pacific Ocean It is bounded by on the north by the Sea of Okhotsk on the east by the Pacific Ocean on the south by the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea and on the west by the Korea Strait and the Sea of JapanJapan is made up of four islands Hokkaido Kyushu Honshu and Shikoku The Entire country is smaller than the state of Montana Honshu is the largest island of the four It is a very mountainous island and features the Japanese Alps which is home to Mount Fuji Japans highest peak These Alps also harbor many active and inactive volcanoes The Kanto Plain the largest lowland in the country spreads from the Alps Hokkaido the northernmost and second largest island is full of forested mountains and hills Although large in size Hokkaido only has about 5 of the nation living there The steep walled heavily forested mountains that run down the center of the island characterize Kyushu Kyushu has rolling hills wide plains and doesnt have much fertile farmland Many mountains and hills cross up Shikoku Japans smallest island The climate in Japan is generally mild However the temperature for each island varies For instance in Hokkaido and northern Honshu the winters are usually bitterly cold and the summers are very short In Kyushu Shikoku and southern Honshu the summers are long and humid and winters are mild All areas in Japan are subject to at least 40 inches of rain a year Typhoons are common in late summer-early fallJapan is home to more than 17000 species of flowering and nonflowering plants Trees in Japan are predominately conifers the most common species is the sugi or Japanese cedar Other evergreens such as the larch spruce and fir thrive there also On Kyushu Shikoku and southern Honshu subtropical trees like bamboo camphor and banyan
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