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© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute Japan Geography Challenge 473
Geography Challenge Handout 5
Japan Question 1
Label the Sea of Japan, the East China
Sea, and the Pacific Ocean.
In what two ways might the seas have
influenced Japan’s history?
Japan Question 2
Label Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, and
Hokkaido.
Which of these islands do you think
became the center of power in Japan?
Why?
Japan Question 3
Label the Chugoku Mountains, the
Japanese Alps, and the Hidaka Mountains.
What effect do you think these mountains
had on Japan’s efforts to become a united
country?
Japan Question 4
Which percent—90%, 60%, or 15%—do
you think best expresses the amount of
land Japan can use for agriculture?
How might the amount of agricultural
land in Japan affect what is grown or
raised there?
Japan Question 5
Label Nara and Kyoto.
Nara and Kyoto were two ancient capitals.
Why do you think they were good locations for a capital?
Japan Question 6
Use four colors to show on your map the
number of people per square mile that
live in Japan. Fill in the key to explain the
meaning of your colors.
Where do most people live in Japan?
Japan Question 7
Label the Kanto Plain.
Why do you think the Kanto Plain is the
most populated area in Japan?
Japan Question 8
Look at the map on page 423 of your
book. List two of Japan’s neighbors.
How do you think these neighbors might
have affected Japan’s history?
Geography Challenge Cards
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be u se d fo r ag ric
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Ho ns hu p ro ba bl y be ca m e th e ce nt er o f po we r in Ja pa n. T
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lo ca te d an d ha s th e m os t la nd t o 474 Geography Challenge 5
GUIDE TO GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 5
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Japan Geography Challenge 475
GUIDE TO GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 5
N
S
EW
0 100 200 kilometers0 200 miles100
More than 520260–520130–260Less than 130
Population (People per Square Mile)
NaraKyoto
Hokkaido
Honshu
JAPANESE
ALPS
KANTO
PLAIN
HIDAKA
MTS.
CHUGOKU
MTS.
Shikoku
Kyushu
P A C I F I C
O C E A N
S e a o f
J a p a n
East
China
Sea
!
!

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