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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean it lies to the east of China, Korea, and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo. It has the world's 10th largest population. It is world's largest international creditor and is the sixth largest exporter and importer and is a member of the United Nations. And it is a leading nation in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery, and medical research with the world's third largest budget for research and development.
 
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan. It lies about 250 kilometers north of Tokyo. Although the city is located inland, the prefecture has several Pacific ports. As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 290,866 and the density of 389.68 persons per square kilometers and the total area is 746.43 square kilometers. The city was founded on April 1, 1907.
 
Fukushima lies in the center of a basin which has the Azuma Mountains to the west and the Abukuma Mountains to the east. The River Abukuma flows through our city from south to north. A wooded hill named Shinobu-yama overlooks the central city area. Their  suburbs are blessed with rich soil, and a great amount of fruit is produced every year.
 
Fukushima city and its surrounding area have many hot springs, which are in Iizaka, Takayu and Tsuchiyu for example. Fukushima is blessed with many natural resources. It has a lot of scenic beauty and various sightseeing places including the Bandai Azuma Skyline. It is one of the biggest tourist resort areas in Tohoku.
 
The city's location makes it highly accessible from many areas of Japan through a well organized transportation system. From Tokyo, it takes 3.5 hours by the Tohoku Express- way and it takes 1.5 hours by the Tohoku Shinkansen Line. Fukushima Airport was opened in 1993, making it easier for many people to visit the city from not only the metropolitan areas, but also from the Hokkaidou, Kansai,and Kyushu areas.

Fukushima is definitely one of the popular city of tourist attractions in Japan worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Japan.

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