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What is the geography of Japan like?

Japan can be described as a mountainous country.
Although it is a little smaller than California, 67% of its land surface is covered with mountains, and plains account for only 13%.
Rivers running from the mountains carve numerous valleys and gorges, and give a great deal of variety to the country' s topographical features.
At the mouths of rivers, fan-shaped deltas are formed, most of which are very small except for the Kanto, Osaka, and Nobi plains.

The coast line of this island nation is extremely long, stretching for nearly 34,000 km.
The complicated coastal line of Japan is indicative of the scenic beauty that varies from region to region.