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Hole 13 of the Japan course in Mario Open Golf

Japan (Japanese: 日本; Rōmaji: Nihon or Nippon; Ainu: ニホン; Engrish: ジャパン) is an island country in Asia on Earth. This (specifically, Kyoto) is where Nintendo of Japan is located and where many Mario games are developed. Japan also made an appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf as one of the playable countries along with the United States of America and the United Kingdom. It also appeared in Mario is Missing! where Luigi had to go here, more specifically Tokyo.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 日本
Spanish Japón Japan
French Japon Japan
German Japan Japan
Italian Giappone Japan
Portuguese Japão Japan
Russian Япония
Korean 일본
Chinese 日本
Romanian Japonia Japan


The pun
  • In Super Mario Bros. 3, in Water Land, on the island where the castle is, the island is shaped like Japan. Also, the castle is located right where the Nintendo of Japan Headquarters in Kyoto would be if the island was in fact really Japan.
  • In the Japanese version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Question 3 in the 66th Annual Quirk Quiz has the choices "4本" (4 feet), "6本" (6 feet), "8本" (8 feet) and "日本", where "日本" looks similar to the previous choices which make sense, but means Japan. Its English version is "4 feet, 6 feet, 8 feet, Defeat".