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Mount Fuji North of Izu Peninsula, Japan

34.9N 138.9E

February 25th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Volcanoes

Japan - January 17th, 2011

Mount Fuji, west of Tokyo, Japan, is visible in this image as a white, snow-capped peak high above the other nearby mountains. At 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft), the volcano is the highest mountain in Japan.

Visible to the south of Mount Fuji is the Izu peninsula, a large mountainous peninsula with deeply indented coasts to the west of Tokyo on the Pacific coast of the island of Honshū, Japan. The peninsula has an area of 1,421.24 km² and its estimated population in 2005 was 473,942 persons.

The southern portion of the peninsula is composed largely of breccia, and the central and northern portions consist of numerous highly eroded volcanos. The Amagi Mountain Range dominates the center of the peninsula with Mount Amagi (1406 m) and Mount Atami (773 m) in the east and Mount Daruma (982 m) in the west, with the eastern and western portions of the range extending underwater into Sagami Bay and Suruga Bay.

Izu and Boso Peninsulas Near Tokyo and Mount Fuji, Japan – March 6th, 2010

35.6N 139.6E

March 6th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Two peninsulas near the city of Tokyo on Japan’s Honshu Island can be observed here: Izu Peninsula (center) and Boso Peninsula (right). Mount Fuji is also visible near the former, capped with snow.

Izu is a large mountainous peninsula with deeply indented coasts to the west of Tokyo. Formerly the eponymous Izu Province, Izu peninsula is now a part of Shizuoka prefecture. The peninsula has an area of 1,421.24 km² and its estimated population in 2005 was 473,942 people.

The southern portion of the peninsula is composed largely of breccia, and the central and northern portions consist of numerous highly eroded volcanos. The Amagi Mountain Range dominates the center of the peninsula with Mount Amagi (4,613 feet) and Mount Atami (2,539 feet) in the east and Mount Daruma (3,222 feet) in the west, with the eastern and western portions of the range extending underwater into Sagami Bay and Suruga Bay.

Bōsō Peninsula is a peninsula in Chiba prefecture. It forms the eastern edge of Tokyo Bay, separating it from the Pacific Ocean. Most of the peninsula is hilly, with some points as high as 400 metres (1,300 ft) above sea level. While the western part of the peninsula is highly urbanized (centered on the city of Kisarazu), the other coastal lowlands and interior river valleys are chiefly used for growing rice.

Snow-Capped Mount Fuji, Japan – February 8th, 2009

February 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

East coast of Japan - February 1st, 2009

East coast of Japan - February 1st, 2009

Close-up of Mount Fuji and Tokyo

Close-up of Mount Fuji and Tokyo

The cities of Tokyo (right) and Nagoya (left) are visible along the Pacific coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu.

The Mount Fuji volcano is located between the two cities. Its climate is very cold due to the high altitude and the cone is covered by snow for several months of the year, as seen here. The other nearby mountains are also capped with snow.

Several bays are also of note (from left to right): Ise Bay, Suruga Bay, Sagami Bay and Tokyo Bay. A slight algal bloom is present in Ise Bay; a stronger one can be observed along the western shore of Suruga Bay.

Recent Snowfall over Mount Fuji, Japan

December 17th, 2008 Category: Volcanoes

Close-up of snow on Mount Fuji

Close-up of snow on Mount Fuji

Tokyo and Mount Fuji, Japan - December 15th, 2008

Tokyo and Mount Fuji, Japan - December 15th, 2008

The most striking feature of this image is the snow over Mount Fuji and the mountains to the north and west of the city of Tokyo (center).

Upon examing the image detail, the eastern face of the volcano appears bright white, while its western side looks grey. This is due to the position of the sun, low in the sky, when the image was taken: the eastern face receives the light and casts a shadow, covering the other side.

Moving northeastward, a slight phytoplankton bloom can be observed off the coast on the center right. Heading inland, to the west of the bloom, Lake Kasumigaura can be seen.

Snow Along Western Coast and Cities Along Eastern Coast of Japan

35.0N 135.7E

April 26th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Japan - April 17th, 2011

Snow covers the mountains parallel to the western coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu. A few patches of snow can be observed atop the mountains near the eastern coast, although Mount Fuji (whose conical summit can be seen in the full image, west of Tokyo), appears snow-free.

Several cities can be observed along the coast. In the lower left quadrant are Osaka (left) and Nagoya (right), with Kyoto inbetween the two. At the center right is Tokyo and its surrounding metropolitan area.