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Lake Towada and Mutsu Bay, Honshu Island, Japan

40.4N 140.8E

July 3rd, 2010 Category: Lakes

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan - June 6th, 2010

This image shows the northern end of Honshu Island, Japan. Part of the nearby island of Hokkaido is visible at the top edge, separated from Honshu by the Tsugaru Strait.

Several cities can be observed as grey areas amidst the bright green landscape, including Aomori, on the shores of the large bay, known as Mutsu Bay.

South of Mutsu Bay is Lake Towada, the largest caldera lake on Honshū island. The lake is roughly circular, with two peninsulas extending from its southern shore approximately one-third into the center of the lake.

It lies 400 meters (1,800 ft) above sea level, is 327.0m (1,073 ft) in depth, and is drained by the Oirase river. With a surface area of 61.1 km², Towada is Japan’s 12th largest lake, its bright blue color is due to its great depth.

Lake Towada on Honshu Island, Japan

40.4N 140.8E

February 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Japan - February 24th, 2010

Lake Towada (top center) is the largest caldera lake on Honshū island, Japan. It occupies the caldera of an active volcano. Located on the border between Aomori and Akita prefectures, it lies 400 meters (1,800 ft) above sea level and is 327.0m (1,073 ft) depth, and is drained by the Oirase River.

With a surface area of 61.1 km², Towada is Japan’s 12th largest lake, its bright blue color is due to its great depth. The lake is roughly circular, with two peninsulas extending from its southern shore approximately one-third into the center of the lake.

Lakes near Japan’s Tsugara Strait

March 9th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Japan - March 4th, 2009

Japan - March 4th, 2009

The Tsugara Strait connects the Sea of Japan (left) with the Pacific Ocean (right) as it passes between the Japanese islands of Honshu (bottom) and Hokkaido (top).

The strait is about 20km wide and 140 meters deep on its western edge, and 20km wide and 200 meters deep on its eastern edge.

There is snowfall present over both islands, although Honshu appears to have less than Hokkaido. Several dark blue lakes stand out amidst the white snow.

On Hokkaido Island, Lake Shikotsu (right) and Lake Tōya (left), in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, are visible near the eastern shore. Lake Tōya is a volcanic caldera lake, nearly circular with 10 kilometers diameter in east-west direction and 9km in north-south direction.

The stratovolcano of Mount Usu lies on the southern rim of the caldera, and the snow-covered island in the middle of the lake is called Nakano-shima.

Lake Tōya is said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices, and the second most transparent lake in Japan.

To the south, on Honshu Island, Lake Towada is visible towards the center. It the largest caldera lake on Honshu, and with a surface area of 62.2 km², it is Japan’s 12th largest lake. Towada’s bright blue color is due to its depth.

In the whiter, snowier area east of Lake Towada is Mount Iwaki.