Lake Kasumigaura and Tokyo, Japan – April 9th, 2009
The green-tinged waters of Lake Kasumigaura stand out against the grey and brown of Tokyo and its suburbs.
Kasumigaura is the second-largest lake in Japan, located 60 km to the north-east of Tokyo. Lake Kasumigaura is actually the name given to a group of contiguous lakes, which includes the main lake, Nishiura, and two smaller lakes, Kitaura and Sotonasakaura. It also encompasses the rivers connecting them.
About 45% of the land surrounding the lake is natural landscape and 43.5% is agricultural land.
The mainland portion of Tokyo lies southeast of Lake Kasumigaura and northwest of Tokyo Bay, and measures about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north.