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Tokyo on the Pacific Coast of Central Honshu, Japan

35.6N 139.6E

June 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Japan - June 2nd, 2010

Japan - June 2nd, 2010

Tokyo is the capital and largest city of Japan. It is located at the head of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific coast of central Honshu. It is the focus of the vast metropolitan area often called Greater Tokyo, the largest urban and industrial agglomeration in Japan.

The mainland portion of Tokyo lies 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.

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.

Lake Kasumigaura and Tokyo, Japan – April 9th, 2009

April 9th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Japan - April 2nd, 2009

Japan - April 2nd, 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.

Mount Asama Volcano, Japan

February 4th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Mount Asama, Japan - February 4th, 2009

Mount Asama, Japan - February 4th, 2009

On February 2nd, Japan’s Mount Asama volcano, located in the center of Honshu Island, underwent a minor eruption.

The northwestern part of Tokyo is visible at the upper right. West of this area, Mount Asama can be seen, as can Mount Fuji (almost due south of Mount Asama, in the lower right quadrant).

Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that the volcano, on the border of Japan’s Gunma and Nagano prefectures, produced ash showers that reached as far as Tokyo.

Officials warned of the possibility of large deposits within a 4-kilometer radius of the crater, at 2,568 meters above sea level.

Smoke was observed moving southeastward, and ash showers were experienced in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures, as well as in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture and Tomioka in Gunma Prefecture.

At the time of the eruption, the area was cloud-covered. In this cloud-free image, taken two days later, there is no evidence of smoke.

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