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Honshu and Shikoku, Japan’s Largest and Smallest Main Islands

35.1N 136.9E

October 31st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Japan - September 24th, 2009

Japan - September 24th, 2009

The Japanese islands of Honshū, the country’s largest isle, and Shikoku, across the Seto Inland Sea, are visible here despite some cloud cover.

Honshū is roughly 1,300 km long and ranges from 50 to 230 km wide, with a total area of 227,962.59 km² (60% of the total area of Japan). Its area has been expanding with land reclamation and coastal uplift in the north, but global sea level rise has diminished these effects.

Honshū has 5,450 km of coastline. Here, cities such as Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo can be seen hugging the shores of bays indented into the island’s southern coast. Inland, a mountain range runs along the length of Honshū from end to end.

Shikoku, on the contrary, is the smallest and least populous of the four main islands of Japan. It has a length of 225 km and a width ranging from 50 to 150 km across.

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.

source Wikipedia

Sinlaku Lashes Japan; Shikoku, Honshu Put on Alert

September 19th, 2008 Category: Tropical Cyclones

September 19th, 2008 - Tropical Cyclone SinlakuSinlaku

September 19th, 2008 - Tropical Cyclone Sinlaku

Tropical Storm Sinlaku is skirting Japan’s coast, bringing torrential rain and strong winds to the south of the country as it heads in the direction of Tokyo.

Sinlaku - Image Enhanced

Sinlaku - Image Enhanced

The Japan Meteorological Agency raised its highest alert for coastal areas of Honshu and Shikoku and warned of potential landslides in mountainous areas around Osaka. The center of the storm, which left 12 people dead in Taiwan almost a week ago, is forecast to pass over the tip of the Boso Peninsula south of Tokyo early tomorrow, the agency said on its Web site.

Sinlaku’s sustained winds increased to 111 kilometers per hour (69 mph) from 102 kph earlier today, the agency said. The storm’s eye was 80 kilometers south of Cape Shiono on Honshu at 2 p.m. local time, it said.

Sinlaku was moving east-northeast at 30 kph, with winds gusting to 157 kph. Maximum sustained winds are forecast to fall to 83 kph after 6 a.m. tomorrow when the storm will be closest to Tokyo.

More than 17,000 people were advised to leave their homes in Mie prefecture southeast of Osaka on Honshu, national broadcaster NHK Television said. About 60 schools were closed in Kochi prefecture on Shikoku, NHK said. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

source Bloomberg