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Rivers, Lakes and Bays by Tokyo, Japan

35.6N 139.6E

April 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Japan - March 30th, 2011

The city of Tokyo, Japan, extends northwest from Tokyo Bay, appearing here as a greyish tan expanse stretching inland from the coast. It is bordered by Chiba Prefecture to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north.

In the full image, the Tone and Edo Rivers can be seen flowing through the city. The Tone River flows into the Pacific Ocean to the  right, while the Edo branches off from the Tone and spills into Tokyo Bay.

Also visible within the urban area is Lake Kasumigaura, northeast of Tokyo Bay, near the east coast. Another lake, Lake Inawashiro, can be seen near the top edge, surrounded by snow.

 

Lake Kasumigaura and Tone River Near Chiba, Japan

35.6N 140.1E

December 8th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Japan - December 6th, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Chiba, the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, can be observed in the lower left quadrant, approximately 40 km east of the center of Tokyo on Tokyo Bay.

Chiba City is also one of the Kantō region’s primary seaports, and is home to Chiba Port, which handles one of the highest volumes of cargo in the nation. The square contours of the seaport can be observed in the lower left corner.

Crossing more or less horizontally through the image center is the Tone River. It is 322 kilometers (200 mi) in length (the second longest in Japan after the Shinano) and has a drainage area of 16,840 square kilometers (6,500 sq mi) (largest in Japan). It gathers tributaries and pours into the Pacific Ocean at Choshi city in Chiba Prefecture. The Edo River branches away from the river and flows into Tokyo Bay.

The large body of water north of the river is Lake Kasumigaura, the second-largest lake in Japan, located 60 km to the north-east of Tōkyō. 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, and also encompasses the rivers connecting them.

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.

Recent Snowfall over Mount Fuji, Japan

December 17th, 2008 Category: Volcanoes

Close-up of snow on Mount Fuji

Close-up of snow on Mount Fuji

Tokyo and Mount Fuji, Japan - December 15th, 2008

Tokyo and Mount Fuji, Japan - December 15th, 2008

The most striking feature of this image is the snow over Mount Fuji and the mountains to the north and west of the city of Tokyo (center).

Upon examing the image detail, the eastern face of the volcano appears bright white, while its western side looks grey. This is due to the position of the sun, low in the sky, when the image was taken: the eastern face receives the light and casts a shadow, covering the other side.

Moving northeastward, a slight phytoplankton bloom can be observed off the coast on the center right. Heading inland, to the west of the bloom, Lake Kasumigaura can be seen.

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