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Japanese Cities of Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto – March 25th, 2010

35.0N 135.7E

March 25th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Several bays and cities are visible along the coast of Honshu Island, Japan. The city of Nagoya (right) can be seen by Ise Bay, while Osaka (left) is situated on the eastern shores of the eponymous Osaka Bay.

Moving inland, Lake Biwa is visible closer to the opposite shores of Honshu. The city of Kyoto is located between the southwest tip of the lake and Osaka, in the eastern part of a mountainous region known as the Tamba Highlands.

The land south of Nagoya and Osaka is also quite mountainous. The brownish peaks are part of the Omine Mountain Range. One of the famous peaks in this range is Mount Hakkyō; at 1,914.6 m (6,281 ft) it is the tallest mountain in Kansai Region including Nara Prefecture.

Awaji Island and Osaka, Japan – October 19th, 2009

34.6N 135.5E

October 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Japan - September 24th, 2009

Japan - September 24th, 2009

The large island in the lower left quadrant of this image of Japan is Awaji Island, in Hyōgo Prefecture. The island is found in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū (above) and Shikoku (below). The 592.17 km² island is separated from Honshū by the Akashi Strait and from Shikoku by the Naruto Strait.

Since April 5, 1998 it has been connected to Kobe on Honshū by the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Northeast of the island is Osaka Bay and the city of Osaka. Here, the Yodo River appears as a thin, dark blue line cutting through the grey of the city. The river connects the bay and Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake.

Osaka and the Yodo River, Japan – August 5th, 2009

34.6N 135.5E

August 5th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Japan - July 27th, 2009

Japan - July 27th, 2009

The city of Osaka, on Honshu Island, Japan, is located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. The bright white area below the river is Osaka City proper, while the other light grey areas include over ten smaller cities.

Several ships can be seen in the bay. Also of note is the Kansai International Airport, located on an artificial island in the bay.

Moving from the bay into the Yodo River, several bridges can also be noted on the lower reaches. By following the Yodo northeast, the southern tip of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake, can be seen in the upper right quadrant.

The hills and mountains towards the top of this orthorectified image are part of the Tamba Highlands.

Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan

January 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan- December 2nd, 2008

Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan- December 2nd, 2008

Along the Pacific Coast of southern Honshu Island, Japan, the populous cities of Nagoya and Osaka extend inland from bays until they reach more mountainous terrain.

Nagoya (right), by Ise Bay, is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.

Osaka (left) is located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. It has its west side open to Osaka Bay, but is otherwise completely surrounded by over ten smaller cities.

Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, can be seen towards the center. Between the southwest tip of this lake and Osaka is the city of Kyoto.

Kyoto is located in a valley, part of the Yamashiro (or Kyoto) Basin, in the eastern part of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands. The Yamashiro Basin is surrounded on three sides by mountains known as Higashiyama, Kitayama and Nishiyama, with a height just above 1000 meters above sea level.

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