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Mount Futago and Kunisaki Peninsula by Seto Inland Sea, Japan – March 1st, 2011

33.9N 131.2E

March 1st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Japan - January 30th, 2011

The Seto Inland Sea crosses the center of this orthorectified image. On the northern shores, various cities in Yamaguchi Prefecture, can be observed, including Ube (left).

To the south, projecting between the Suho-nada Sea in the Seto Inland Sea and the Iyo-nada Sea, the Kunisaki Peninsula can be seen. It is formed of large conical volcanoes including the 731 m-high Mount Futago, in the northeastern part of Oita. Twenty-eight ravines extend radially from the center of the peninsula.

Mountains and Rivers South of Shōdoshima and Takamatsu, Japan – February 18th, 2011

34.3N 134.0E

February 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Japan - February 2nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the land near Shōdoshima (center right), an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan.  Shōdoshima is home to Dobuchi Strait, the world’s narrowest strait, 9.93 meters at its narrowest.

The large, white area to the south is Takamatsu, in central Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan. It is a port city located on the Seto Inland Sea, and the seat of the prefectural government.

Upon opening the full image, the Sanuki Mountains can be observed to the outh of Takamatsu. They comprise a mountain range running along the southern border of Kagawa and the northern border of Tokushima prefectures on the island of Shikoku. The highest peak is Mount Ryūō at 1059.9m.

Cutting across the island to the south of the mountains is the Yoshino River. It is 194 km long and has a watershed of 3,750 km². It is the second longest river in Shikoku (slightly shorter than the Shimanto), and is the only river whose watershed spreads over the four prefectures of the island. Populated areas can be observed as white patches along the banks of the river.

Awaji Island and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan

34.6N 135.1E

December 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Japan - December 19th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows Awaji Island (top in thumbnail image), in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū (right and above in full image) and Shikoku (left), Japan. The island has an area of 592.17 km².

The island is separated from Honshū by the Akashi Strait and from Shikoku by the Naruto Strait. In the full image, the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, can be seen linking the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshū to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait. The bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).

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.