Where is Japan is a very common question. Luckily, we ISLANDS editors love maps and we love sharing our expertise about Japan, so we've plotted the location of the islands of Japan and a few of our vacation must-do's on the interactive Google map below. Japan is on the far side of the Pacific Ocean from the U.S., right up alongside China and North and South Korea. Of course Tokyo is one of the most famous and biggest cities in the world, and it's a great travel destination to explore. There are also iconic travel spots like Mount Fuji (get the free ISLANDS desktop wallpaper background of Mount Fuji). But Japan is worth many, many trips to explore all of its islands. ISLANDS writers and photographers have been traveling to Japan for decades and we still haven't seen everything.