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Nagoya by Ise Bay, Japan – January 9th, 2012

35.1N 136.9E

January 10th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Japan - January 9th, 2012

Visible as a white area in this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image is Nagoya, the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan. Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan’s major ports. It is also the center of Japan’s third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.

Nagoya lies north of Ise Bay on the Nōbi Plain. The city was built on low-level plateaus to ward off water damage. The plain is one of the fertile lands of Japan, which allowed for the development of agriculture. The Kiso River flows to the west along the city border, the Shōnai River comes in from the northeast and takes a southern towards the bay at Nishi Ward. The man-made Hori River was constructed as a canal in the 1610 and flows from north to south, and is a part of the Shōnai River system. The rivers allowed for trade to develop with the hinterland. The Tenpaku River feeds from a number of smaller river in the east, flows briefly south at Nonami and then west at Ōdaka into the bay.

Ise Bay and Chukyo Metropolitan Area, Japan – November 19th, 2009

35.1N 136.9E

November 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Japan - September 24th, 2009

Japan - September 24th, 2009

Ise Bay, in Japan, is surrounded by large grey urban areas that creep up the mountains of Honshu Island. The bay is located at the mouth of the Kiso River, between the Mie and Aichi Prefectures.

Ise Bay has an average depth of 19.5 metres, and a maximum depth of 30 metres toward the centre of the Bay. The mouth of the bay is 9 kilometres wide and is connected to the smaller Mikawa Bay by two channels, the Nakayama Channel and the Morosaki Channel. Mikawa Bay is subsequently joined to the Pacific Ocean by the Irako Channel which ranges from 50 to 100 metres in depth.

Much of the surrounding urban area visible here is known as Chūkyō, a major metropolitan area that is centered on the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. The area makes up the most urban part of the Tōkai Region.

The population (as of 2000) of 8,739,000 over an area of 6,380 square kilometers. It is among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the world and is Japan’s third most populous metropolitan area, containing roughly 7% of Japan’s population.

Ise Bay and Nagoya, Japan

April 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Ise Bay, Japan - April 2nd, 2009

Ise Bay, Japan - April 2nd, 2009

Ise Bay is a bay located at the mouth of the Kiso River, between Mie and Aichi Prefectures in Japan. It has an average depth of 19.5 metres, and a maximum depth of 30 metres toward its centre.

The mouth of the bay is 9 kilometres wide and is connected to the smaller Mikawa Bay by two channels, the Nakayama Channel and the Morosaki Channel. Mikawa Bay is subsequently joined to the Pacific Ocean by the Irako Channel which ranges from 50 to 100 metres in depth.

The flat coastal plain that stretches from Kuwana in northern Mie Prefecture to Ise is called the Ise Plain, and this plain lies on the western shore of Ise Bay.

The city of Nagoya is located on the shores of the bay. Nagoya Port, located on the northern shore of Ise Bay, is the largest trading port in Japan and Chubu Centrair International Airport, built on an artificial island in the bay, was opened in 2005 to serve the region.

After the end of the Second World War, the Ise Bay region contributed greatly to the rapid recovery of the Japanese economy. This rapid expansion of large industry has come at a cost, though, with pollution affecting the water quality and landfills and the like reducing the number of tidelands, seaweed beds and other areas vital in preserving the habitat of local flora and fauna. Sea walls built to protect human habitation, particularly after the 1959 Ise-wan Typhoon, have left more and more areas virtually cut off from the sea.

Cities of Nagoya and Tokyo by Bays in Japan – October 23rd, 2012

October 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Japan – October 21st, 2012

The cities of Nagoya and Tokyo can be observed as large grey expanses spreading inland from bays on the coast of Japan. Nagoya (left) is located by Ise Bay, which has an average depth of 19.5 metres and a maximum depth of 30 metres. Tokyo (right) is located by Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo Bay region is both the most populous and largest industrialized area in Japan

Cities and Mountains on Honshu Island, Japan

35.1N 136.9E

December 10th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Japan - December 6th, 2010

Most of the populated areas on Japan’s main island of Honshu lie along its coasts and creep upwards towards the mountains running down the center of the island, as one can observe here by the greyish tan urban areas by the sea in contrast with the dark green and brown peaks further inland.

The most prominent cities lie along the southeastern coast, including (from right to left) Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Tokyo is located by Tokyo Bay, Nagoya is situated along the shores of Ise Bay, and Osaka is situated on Osaka Bay. Also of note, between Tokyo and Nagoya, is Mount Fuji, whose snow-capped volcanic summit can be observed not far from the shores.