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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

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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.

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