120+ Japan Trivia Questions and Answers

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1. Name the largest and most populated Japanese island?

Honshu

 

2. What is the current capital of Japan?

Tokyo

 

3. Four matches were hosted in this venue, the City of Toyota Stadium. In which prefecture is Toyota City located?

Aichi

 

4. What is the Japanese name for Japan?

Nippon or Hihon

 

5. What is the snow monkey, also called Japanese macaque, known for?

It is the northernmost primate on Earth

 

6. The northernmost of the main islands of Japan is Hokkaido. This island is also a region with the capital city Sapporo. Which river is quite nearby?

Toyohira

 

7. By what name was Emperor of Japan who reigned for over 62 years until his death in 1989 best known?

Hirohito

 

8. Which quarter in Tokyo is known for the colorful and vibrant street fashion?

Toneri

 

9. Let’s start with a visit to Japan’s smallest prefecture. Despite its size, it’s the mecca for udon noodles, and is the first place where olives were successfully grown in Japan. Which prefecture are we hitting first?

Kagawa

 

10. Name the longest (and widest) river in Japan?

The Shinano River

 

11. What is the traditional dress of Japan?

Kimono

 

12. Which city, host of the 1972 Winter Olympics, is also the largest on the island of Hokkaido?

Sapporo

 

13. Which sacred animal can you find wandering in the Nara Park?

Deer

 

14. Which company’s slogans have included ‘be moved’, ‘make believe’, and ‘like no other’?

Sony

 

15. What is the symbol of Shinto, the indigenous religion in Japan?

A gate

 

16. Welcome to Kyoto! After centuries as Japan’s Imperial capital, the city is packed with some of the most beautiful and enduring sights of Old Japan. Yet we’ll be arriving in very modern style, on a shinkansen to the heart of town. How and where are we getting into Kyoto?

By bullet train to Kyoto Station

 

17. Fuji is a sacred symbol of Japan. What is it actually?

A mountain

 

18. In Japanese culture, what is a katana?

It’s a traditional Japanes sword

 

19. When was the last time when Mount Fuji erupted?

In 1707

 

20. What is the population of Japan?

127 million

 

21. Which sixth-largest city in Japan shares its name with the first name of a retired American basketball player?

Kobe

 

22. The Shinkansen is the network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. The design of the bullet trains running on this network was inspired by which animal?

Kingfishers

 

23. What are the two main religions of Japan?

Shinto and Buddhism

 

24. What do waiters or waitresses say to welcome guests in Japanese restaurants?

Irasshaimase

 

25. What does Sushi mean in Japanese?

Sour rice

 

26. Which Japanese mountaineer was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest?

Junko Tabei

 

27. What does a Geisha do?

To perform traditional Japanese songs and dance

 

28. Popular in Japan, what are manga?

Japanese comic books

 

29. The U.S dropped two atomic bombs on which Japanese cities during World War II?

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 

30. What is the station name of the area home to the bulk of Tokyo’s major museums?

Ueno

 

31. What ‘gentle way’ was created by Jigoro Kanoin, in 1882?

Judo

 

32. The Obon festival, one of the major holiday seasons in Japan, takes place during which season of the year?

Summer

 

33. Japan is made up of over 3,000 islands. The four main islands, which are also the most famous, host the vast majority of the population. Which of the four main islands is the smallest?

Shikoku

 

34. What name was given to the military dictators of Japan between 1185 to 1868?

Shogans

 

35. Since the end of World War II, which was the first country that Japan send the military forces?

Iraq

 

36. What makes traditional Japanese-style toilets different from those seen in America?

They are in the ground

 

37. Name the sea strait between Honshu and Hokkaido?

The Tsugaru Strait

 

38. When will Japan host the Summer Olympic Games for the second time?

2021

 

39. Can you name the world famous upscale shopping area in Tokyo?

Ginza

 

40. What is the oldest university in Japan?

Keio University

 

41. Who was elected Prime Minister of Japan in 2001?

Junichiro Koizumi

 

42. Tokyo International Airport is commonly known by what name?

Haneda Airport

 

43. What is the second-largest city in Japan based on population?

Yokohama

 

44. According to UNESCO, what has ‘inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries?

Mount Fuji

 

45. Which city in Japan is known as the “kitchen of Japan”?

Osaka

 

46. This city is a gateway to the Chugoku region and Shikoku Island and is where the Korakuen Garden, which is one of the three best in Japan, is. Not far from this city is the preserved Japanese city of Kurashiki. Name it?

Okayama

 

47. What is the name of Japan’s national parliament?

Diet

 

48. Tempura is a typical Japanese dish that consists of veggies, meat, and seafood that are battered and deep-fried. However, from which country does the dish actually originate?

Portugal

 

49. Cotton was originally an imported luxury item and it wasn’t widely cultivated and worn until the 18th century. Before that, work clothes were made from hemp and other bast-fibres. Which of these fibres is not traditionally used in Japan?

Flax

 

50. Which sport in Japan is the most popular in terms of television ratings and spectators?

Baseball

 

51. Tsukiji in Tokyo is the largest market in the world for which food?

Fish

 

52. What is commonly known as Hinomaru?

 

53. Which typical Japanese wine is made from fermented rice?

Sake

 

54. What is chankonabe?

A traditional stew eaten by sumo wrestlers

 

55. What is the main subject of Bonsai, a world-renowned art form?

Trees

 

56. Hanami is the centuries-old tradition of picnicking under a sakura tree; by what name would we know this tree?

Cherry blossom tree

 

57. Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of which Japanese automaker?

Toyota

 

58. What local term is used to refer to the Okinawan language (Naha dialect)?

Uchinaguchi

 

59. Which city gained publicity around the world and in the USA in 2008, since it had the same name as a certain politician?

Obama

 

60. What do we call graphic novels or comics originating from Japan?

Manga

 

61. Which Japanese fictional character is described as a young female cat with no mouth and a red bow?

Hello Kitty

 

62. Who was the prince that founded Buddhism in Japan?

Shotoku

 

63. Which philosophical school of thought had influences on the Silver and Gold Pavilions in the Kyoto style of art?

Zen

 

64. In what era was Japanese painting spawned, ca. 552 AD?

Asuka

 

65. What is the official currency of Japan?

Yen

 

66. Which two colors are on the national flag of Japan?

Red and white

 

67. The Genroku Kabuki theatre was so named not only to describe the grand and colorful style, but etymologically so named to mean ‘wild and deviant behavior’. What social-economic class did Kabuki originally describe?

Gangs

 

68. Based on geographical location, which area does Japan belong to?

East Asia

 

69. What is the name of the company that makes Panasonic products?

Matsushita Electric

 

70. Which flower is the symbol of the Japanese Imperial family and Emperor?

Chrysanthemum

 

71. Japan is an archipelago of 6852 islands. How many islands comprise the main islands, also known as the Home Islands?

4

 

72. Which Japanese island is a tropical paradise of jungles and beaches as well as a unique cultural hybrid?

Okinawa

 

73. We go to the north of the island Honshu. Fukushima, the site of the nuclear disaster in 2012, is situated on the Abukuma River. Which of the following lakes is less than 80 km (50 miles) from Fukushi?

Lake Inawashiro

 

74. When did Hirohito rule Japan?

1926-1989

 

75. Japan is made up of islands. How many islands does Japan have in total?

6,852

 

76. What is a traditional Japanese inn called?

Ryokan

 

77. The ‘Six Trees’ area of Tokyo is one of the major entertainment districts in the whole of Japan. Which name means ‘Six Trees’?

Roppongi

 

78. Which country was defeated by Japan in 1904-1905?

Russia

 

79. Japan’s total population is approx. 127 million, but which European country is similar in size according to landmass?

Germany

 

80. Which flap is worn on top when you wear a traditional kimono?

Left over right

 

81. Which Japanese film was remade as The Magnificent Seven?

Seven Samurai

 

82. How tall is the iconic Mount Fuji?

3,776m

 

83. Which martial art comes from the Japanese words meaning `empty hand`?

Karate

 

84. Who became the Prime Minister of Japan on 26 April 2001?

Junichiro Koizumi

 

85. Few ‘original’ castles remain from the Edo period of 1603 to 1868. How many still exist today?

12

 

86. Which is National Foundation Day?

11 February

 

87. Kyoto is famous for its stunning geisha. But what does the word ‘geisha’ actually translate to?

Person of art

 

88. Japan is an up-and-coming hiking haven, but which of these timeless walking trails is over 1,000 years old?

Kumano Kodo

 

89. Many residents of Hokkaido are familiar with a certain American firm, from which they order many things through the mails. What firm is this?

L. L. Bean

 

90. What is the top operational speed of the Shinkansen aka The Bullet train?

320kmph

 

91. Which train line travels in a continuous loop around central Tokyo?

Yamanote Line

 

92. How high is Mt Fuji-the highest mountain in Japan?

3778m

 

93. Which quintessentially Japanese dish actually originates from Portugal?

Tempura

 

94. On what occasion would a man wear a white kimono?

His own funeral

 

95. Who is the largest and most profitable Japanese company and the second-largest automaker in the world?

Toyota

 

96. The Japanese call their country “Nippon” or “Nihon”. What does this mean?

Source of the sun

 

97. In which region would you find the city of Sendai?

Tohoku

 

98. Which mask represented the highest level of refinement in early Japanese culture, ca. 794-1185?

No-mask

 

99. In the famous ‘Jigoku Scroll’ or Hell-Scroll, what kind of beastly-headed animal did the demons possess to make the shrieking sounds of hell?

Horse

 

100. When did the beloved Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka open?

2001

 

101. Who was the Japanese writer first credited with the Tales of the Floating Worlds?

Asai Ryoi

 

102. What does ‘domo arigato’ mean?

Thank you

 

103. Can you identify this bamboo forest?

Arashiyama

 

104. What is the name of this famous temple?

Kiyomizudera

 

105. Two group matches were played at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium which was built to pay tribute to people who perished in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011. In what prefecture is the city of Kaimishi located?

Iwate

 

106. Any visit to Kyoto requires extensive temple touring, and ours will be no exception. As we travel through the city, you’ll notice a distinctive gate outside of many shrines. Usually painted a vivid reddish-orange, it consists of two round columns supporting a pair of crossbars: the lower one is straight, and the upper one curves gently toward the sky. What is the name of this type of gate?

Torii

 

107. Tokyo Tower is the spitting image of what other world famous landmark?

 

108. What do you do to show you are enjoying your soup?

Slurp

 

109. Tokyo Tower provides an excellent view of the city (when the smog levels aren’t too high). How high is the “Special Observation Platform”?

250 m

 

110. Which Japanese Major League baseball player once played for the Yomiuri Giants?

Matsui

 

111. Late-Edo and Meiji period ‘Sashiko hikeshi hanten’ firemen’s jackets are prized by collectors for their all-over sashiko quilting and their bold, colorful figurative designs. What is the origin of these designs?

Tattoos

 

112. Takoyaki is regarded as Osaka’s chief culinary showpiece. What is Takoyaki?

Octopus pieces fried in ball-shaped batter

 

113. In the area of Gifu there is a local tradition that fishermen train a certain type of bird for the catching of such fish as trout and ‘ayu’. Which birds are used?

Cormorants

 

114. What was the first book in Japan to be illustrated by wood-cut prints?

Ise Monogatari

 

115. The Shinano River, the longest river in Japan, flows through the Niigata Prefecture in the west of the island Honshu. Into which sea does the Shinano River mouth?

Sea of Japan

 

116. Tokugawa was made shogun in 1603 and he decided on Tokyo as the seat of his government. However back in those days it wasn’t called Tokyo. What was it called?

Edo

 

117. In what year did the U.S. return control of Okinawa to Japan?

1972

 

118. In 2002, what Japanese river was the home of a famous Arctic bearded seal?

Tama River

 

119. The largest city on Hokkaido, Sapporo, was founded in about what year?

1900

 

120. As an urban dweller, which of the following pieces of junk mail would one be LEAST likely to receive in one’s post box in Japan?

Car dealership flyers

 

121. Where is Tokyo Disneyland located?

Chiba

 

122. How many times has Osaka hosted the World Exposition?

2 times

 

123. Who was the author of the famous story of Genji (manuscript from 12th century)?

Lady Murasaki Shikibu

 

124. What style of painting was Japanese artist Utamaro best noted for?

Ukiyo-e

 

125. Which prominent geographic feature can be seen in Shiga Prefecture, just north of Kyoto?

Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest

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