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Rural and Urban Areas in Japan’s Gunma and Niigata Prefectures – October 14th, 2009

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October 14th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Japan - September 24th, 2009

Japan - September 24th, 2009

This image stretches across Japan’s Honshu Island, from Gunma Prefecture (below) to Niigata Prefecture (above). Gunma is located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on Honshū island.

One of only eight landlocked prefectures in Japan, Gunma is the northwestern-most prefecture of the Kantō plain. Except for the central and southeast areas, where most of the population is concentrated, it is mostly mountainous.

The prefecture’s capital, Maebashi, is situated in the sprawling grey area at the center bottom. Maebashi is located at the foot of Mt. Akagi in the northeast corner of the Kantō Plain. The Tone River, Japan’s second-longest, runs through the western part of the city. Also, Maebashi is farthest from the sea (about 120km) among all Japanese prefectural capitals.

To the north, on the coast of the Sea of Japan, is Niigata Prefecture. Niigata prefecture stretches about 240 km along the Sea of Japan from southwest to north east, with a coastal plain between the mountains and the sea.

The prefecture is generally divided into four geographical areas: Jōetsu in the south, Chūetsu at the center, Kaetsu in the north, and Sado Island. Much of the prefecture’s area visible here appears yellow, with grey patches made by large cities.

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