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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

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.

Tokyo and Nagoya on Pacific Coast of Honshu Island, Japan – October 27th, 2010

35.6N 139.6E

October 27th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Japan - October 11th, 2010

The cities of Tokyo (right) and Nagoya (left) appear as large grey areas extending from bays along the coast of Japan inland towards the mountainous backbone of the island of Honshu.

Tokyo is located by Tokyo Bay on the Pacific Coast of Honshu, Japan, while Nagoya is situated along the shores of Ise Bay. Mount Fuji can be observed in the mountains between the two cities, although its summit is partially obscured by clouds.

Japanese Cities of Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto – March 25th, 2010

35.0N 135.7E

March 25th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Several bays and cities are visible along the coast of Honshu Island, Japan. The city of Nagoya (right) can be seen by Ise Bay, while Osaka (left) is situated on the eastern shores of the eponymous Osaka Bay.

Moving inland, Lake Biwa is visible closer to the opposite shores of Honshu. The city of Kyoto is located between the southwest tip of the lake and Osaka, in the eastern part of a mountainous region known as the Tamba Highlands.

The land south of Nagoya and Osaka is also quite mountainous. The brownish peaks are part of the Omine Mountain Range. One of the famous peaks in this range is Mount Hakkyō; at 1,914.6 m (6,281 ft) it is the tallest mountain in Kansai Region including Nara Prefecture.

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.