There is not much free land in Japan so most houses in the cities are fairly small or tall blocks of flat (skyscrapers). The gardens can be big or small in the countryside, but most flats in the cities do not have any gardens. Traditional Japanese houses have lots of small rooms, which, surprisingly, have some walls made of thick rice paper! Their houses also have a type of mat over some bits of floor, called a tatami mat. 61317844.TypicalJapanesehouse.jpg external image tokyo-gece.jpg