Japan has four distinct seasons with a climate ranging from subarctic in the north to subtropical in the south. Conditions are different between the Pacific side and the Sea of Japan side.
Northern Japan has warm summers and very cold winters with heavy snow on the Sea of Japan side and in mountainous areas.
Eastern Japan has hot and humid summers and cold winters with very heavy snow on the Sea of Japan side and in mountainous areas.
Western Japan has very hot and humid summers (with temperatures sometimes reaching 35 oC or above) and moderate cold winters.
Okinawa and Amami have a subtropical oceanic climate. These areas have hot and humid summers (with temperatures rarely reaching 35 oC or above) and mild winters.
"Japanese is the first language for 99.2% of people in Japan.
Other lesser-spoken languages across the islands include Amami, Kyukyu, Kikai, and Miyako.
The Ainu language, spoken in Hokkaido, is critically endangered with only 15 speakers identified in the late 1990s.
Korean is spoken by approximately 0.5% of the population, while Chinese is spoken by about 0.2%.
While English may be spoken by some individuals in major cities, it is not widely spoken throughout the country."
Japanese public transportation is highly organized and efficient.
Rail lines are extensive and connect most areas of the country.
Buses, taxis, and other vehicles are available for travel to remote or less frequented locations.
Airplanes provide fast transportation for longer distances within Japan.
Public transportation is preferred over private vehicles, especially due to heavy traffic congestion in metropolitan areas.
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