Japan is an island nation situated off the eastern coast of the Eurasian continet, which consists of the four main islands, Hokkaido, Honsyu, Shikoku, Kyusyu and Okinawa, and more than 6,800 smaller islands.
The country is located between 45 degrees to 20 degrees north in latitude, and 128 degrees east to 145 degrees east in longitude. From tip to tip, the island chain is 3,800km long, surface area total approximately 378,000 square kilometers.
Japan is by no mean a small country. It is roughly as large as Italy, Norway, about 50% larger then United Kingdom, but only 1/25 the size of the U.S.