Our study of Japan would not be complete without a study of the geography of the country. I love using foam paper to make cut-outs of the different countries. My three year old loves comparing the different shapes of the countries during our units and I find the visual helpful as we learn.
You can download the country outline and city printables HERE.
Did you know that Japan is comprised of 6852 islands? Due to detail limitations of our map, we only showed the four major land masses – Hokkaido, Honshu (the largest island, on which the capital, Tokyo, is located), Shikoku & Kyushu. On our map we featured the following cities: Sapporo, Akita, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu & Fukuoka.
We used map pins to “pin” our city tags to our map.
My kiddo can’t read yet, but she had fun repeating the funny sounding city names after me.
What a fun way to learn Japanese Geography!