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List of extreme points of Japan

Extreme points of Japan marked on the map

The extreme points of Japan include the coordinates that are farthest north, south, east and west in Japan, and the ones that are at the highest and the lowest elevations in the country. Japan's northernmost point is disputed, as both Japan and Russia have claimed Iturup, the island on which Japan claims the point is located. The southernmost point is Okinotorishima; the western-most is Cape Irizaki in Okinawa Prefecture, and the eastern-most is Minami Torishima. The highest point in Japan is the summit of Mount Fuji at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). At 150 m (492 ft) below sea level, the bottom of Hachinohe mine is the country's lowest point. The surface of Hachirōgata is Japan's lowest natural point at 4 m (13 ft) below sea level. With the exception of Cape Irizaki, the western-most location of Japan, all other extreme locations are uninhabited.

The coordinates used in this article are sourced from Google Earth, which makes use of the World Geodetic System (WGS) 84.

Extreme points

Cape Irizaki, Japan's westernmost point
Japan's easternmost point lies on Minami Torishima in the Pacific Ocean.

The northernmost point that Japan claims lies on the disputed island of Iturup. Japan's claim to the three southern-most islands of the Kuril Islands is disputed by Russia, who currently controls the islands. This list provides the northernmost point as claimed by Japan as well as the northern-most undisputed point in Japan.

Overall

Heading Location Prefecture Bordering entity Coordinates Ref
North
(disputed)
Cape Kamoiwakka Hokkaido Sea of Okhotsk [1]
North
(undisputed)
Benten-jima Hokkaidō La Pérouse Strait [2]
South Okinotorishima Tokyo Philippine Sea
East Minami Torishima Tokyo Pacific Ocean
West Cape Irizaki Okinawa East China Sea

Four main islands

A monument indicates the northernmost point of Japan's four major islands at Cape Sōya.

The four main islands of Japan are Hokkaidō, Honshū, Kyūshū and Shikoku. All of these points are accessible to public.

Heading Location Prefecture Bordering entity Coordinates Ref
North Cape Sōya Hokkaidō La Pérouse Strait
South Cape Sata Kagoshima East China Sea
East Cape Nosappu Hokkaidō Pacific Ocean
West Kōzakihana Nagasaki East China Sea

Hokkaidō

Heading Location Prefecture Bordering entity Coordinates Ref
North Cape Sōya Hokkaidō La Pérouse Strait
South Cape Shirakami Hokkaidō Tsugaru Strait
East Cape Nosappu Hokkaidō Pacific Ocean
West Cape Obana Hokkaidō Sea of Japan

Honshū

Northernmost point
Southernmost point
Westernmost point
Easternmost point

Shikoku

Heading Location Prefecture Bordering entity Coordinates Ref
North Cape Takei Kagawa Bungo Channel
South Cape Ashizuri Kōchi Philippine Sea
East Cape Gamōda Tokushima Kii Channel
West Cape Sada Ehime Hōyo Strait

Kyūshū

Northernmost point
Southernmost point
  • Cape Sata (佐多岬 Sata-misaki), Minamiōsumi, Kagoshima Prefecture
Westernmost point
Easternmost point

Extreme altitudes

The summit of Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan.
Extremity Name Altitude Prefecture Coordinates Ref
Highest Mount Fuji 3,776 m (12,388 ft) Yamanashi [3]
Lowest
(man-made)
Hachinohe mine −150 m (−492 ft) Aomori [4]
Lowest
(natural)
Hachirōgata −4 m (−13 ft) Akita [3]

Notes

^† Coordinates obtained from Google Earth. Google Earth makes use of the WGS84 geodetic reference system.
^‡ Although Japan claims this island as part of Hokkaido prefecture this territory is disputed and Iturup is currently under Russian administration.

References

  1. ^ "Google Maps (Cape Kamoiwakka)". Google. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps (Bentenjima)". Google. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ a b "Japan: Geography".  
  4. ^ 掘って掘って遠い空…青森・八戸市.  

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