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Osaka by Yodo River and Osaka Bay, Japan – January 13th, 2012

34.6N 135.5E

January 13th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Japan - January 9th, 2012

Situated near the center of this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image is Osaka, a city in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the third largest city by population after Tokyo (special wards) and Yokohama.

The city of Osaka has its west side open to Osaka Bay. It is otherwise completely surrounded by more than ten smaller cities, all of them in Osaka Prefecture, with one exception: the city of Amagasaki, belonging to Hyōgo Prefecture, in the northwest. The city occupies a larger area (about 13%) than any other city or village within Osaka Prefecture. The highest point in Osaka is in Tsurumi-ku at 37.5 metres (123.0 ft), and the lowest point is in Nishiyodogawa-ku at −2.2 metres (−7.2 ft).

Snow Along Western Coast and Cities Along Eastern Coast of Japan

35.0N 135.7E

April 26th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Japan - April 17th, 2011

Snow covers the mountains parallel to the western coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu. A few patches of snow can be observed atop the mountains near the eastern coast, although Mount Fuji (whose conical summit can be seen in the full image, west of Tokyo), appears snow-free.

Several cities can be observed along the coast. In the lower left quadrant are Osaka (left) and Nagoya (right), with Kyoto inbetween the two. At the center right is Tokyo and its surrounding metropolitan area.


Smoke Blowing Across Sea of Japan

37.1N 134.2E

April 14th, 2011 Category: Fires

Japan - April 10th, 2011

Smoke from fires in China blows eastward over the Sea of Japan, towards Japan. The western side of the island is dusted by snow, although the eastern half is mostly clear.

Several cities can be observed along the coast, including Nagoya (below, right) and Osaka (below, left), with Kyoto inbetween the two.


Cities and Mountains on Honshu Island, Japan

35.1N 136.9E

December 10th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Japan - December 6th, 2010

Most of the populated areas on Japan’s main island of Honshu lie along its coasts and creep upwards towards the mountains running down the center of the island, as one can observe here by the greyish tan urban areas by the sea in contrast with the dark green and brown peaks further inland.

The most prominent cities lie along the southeastern coast, including (from right to left) Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Tokyo is located by Tokyo Bay, Nagoya is situated along the shores of Ise Bay, and Osaka is situated on Osaka Bay. Also of note, between Tokyo and Nagoya, is Mount Fuji, whose snow-capped volcanic summit can be observed not far from the shores.

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.