Awaji Island and Osaka, Japan – October 19th, 200934.6N 135.5E
The large island in the lower left quadrant of this image of Japan is Awaji Island, in Hyōgo Prefecture. The island is found in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū (above) and Shikoku (below). The 592.17 km² island is separated from Honshū by the Akashi Strait and from Shikoku by the Naruto Strait.
Since April 5, 1998 it has been connected to Kobe on Honshū by the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Northeast of the island is Osaka Bay and the city of Osaka. Here, the Yodo River appears as a thin, dark blue line cutting through the grey of the city. The river connects the bay and Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake.