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Snow Covered Mountains Near Tokyo, Japan – January 23rd, 2010

35.6N 139.6E

January 23rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Volcanoes

Japan - January 20th, 2010

Japan - January 20th, 2010

The mainland portion of Tokyo, Japan, lies northwest of Tokyo Bay and measures about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south, appearing here as a grey zone stretching inland from the coast. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north. Mainland Tokyo is further subdivided into the special wards (occupying the eastern half) and the Tama area (stretching westwards).

Also within the administrative boundaries of Tokyo Metropolis are two island chains in the Pacific Ocean directly south: the Izu Islands and the Ogasawara Islands, which stretch more than 1,000 km away from the mainland. Because of these islands and mountainous regions to the west, which appear covered with snow here, Tokyo’s overall population density figures far underrepresent the real figures for urban and suburban regions of Tokyo.

Also of note in this image is the snow-capped Mount Fuji (lower left quadrant) and several lakes, the largest of which are Lake Inawashiro, surrounded by snow near the top, and Lake Kasumigaura, of a greenish color within the grey area of the city. Upon opening the full image, the Tone and Edo Rivers can be seen flowing through the city. The Tone River flows into the Pacific Ocean at the center right, while the Edo branches off from the Tone and spills into Tokyo Bay.