List of lakes of Japan
1) For lakes in the Hokkaidō region, Subprefecture is listed
|1||Biwa||Kansai||Shiga||Ōtsu, Kusatsu, Higashi-Ōmi, Hikone
Nagahama, Moriyama, Ōmi-Hachiman
Takashima, Yasu, Maibara
|2||Kasumigaura||Kantō||Ibaraki||Tsuchiura, Ishioka, Omitama, Inashiki
Ami, Kasumigaura, Namegata, Itako, Miho
|3||Saroma||Hokkaidō||Abashiri||Kitami, Saroma, Yūbetsu||Brackish||151.9||19.6||0||1.3|
|4||Inawashiro||Tōhoku||Fukushima||Kōriyama, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Inawashiro||Fresh||103.3||94.6||514||5.40|
|Matsue, Yonago, Yasugi
|7||Shinji||San'in||Shimane||Matsue, Izumo, Hikawa||Brackish||79.1||6.0||0||0.34|
|10||Hamana||Tōkai||Shizuoka||Hamamatsu, Kosai, Arai||Brackish||65.0||13.1||0||0.35|
|11||Ogawara||Tōhoku||Aomori||Misawa, Tōhoku, Rokkasho||Brackish||62.2||24.4||0||0.714|
|15||Kitaura||Kantō||Ibaraki||Kashima, Hokota, Namegata, Itako||Fresh||35.2||7.0||0||0.18|
|18||Hachirō||Tōhoku||Akita||Katagami, Oga, Gojōme, Ikawa, Ōgata||Fresh||27.7||12.0||0|
|21||Jūsan||Tōhoku||Aomori||Goshogawara, Tsugaru, Nakadomari||Brackish||18.1||1.5||0|
|23||Suwa||Chūbu||Nagano||Okaya, Suwa, Shimo-Suwa||Fresh||13.3||7.6||759||0.06135|
|26||Inba||Kantō||Chiba||Yachiyo, Sakura, Narita, Inzai, Shisui, Sakae||Fresh||11.55||2.5||2.5||0.0277|
1) For lakes in the Hokkaidō region, Subprefecture is listed
Maibara is a city in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 38,473 and a population density of 150 persons per km²; the total area is 250.46 km². The modern city of Maibara was established on February 14, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Maihara, Santō and Ibuki; the adjacent town of Ōmi was merged into Maibara on October 1, 2005. The new city name was based on the name of Japan Railways' Maibara Station which many people in Japan knew as a station on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen Line. Maibara was struck by an F2 tornado on June 29, 2018; the tornado injured 8 people. The city is in the northeast region of Shiga Prefecture, its area occupies 5.1% of Shiga's total land area. The west end of the city fronts Lake Biwa, while the mountainous east side borders on Sekigahara, Gifu Prefecture. Mt. Ibuki is in the northeastern part of the prefecture, it designated as one of Japan's 100 most famous peaks. The Anegawa River and Amanogawa River empty into Lake Biwa and about 70 percent of the city comprises forest land.
The city thus boasts an abundance of greenery. Maibara is served by the JR Tōkaidō Line along which you can find Kashiwabara, Ōmi-Nagaoka and Maibara stations. Maibara Station serves the Shinkansen: From Tokyo, Maibara can be reached in about two and a half hours; the city has a number of major sightseeing spots: Mt. Ibuki — With an elevation of 1,377.4 meters, Mt. Ibuki is Shiga Prefecture's tallest mountain and a popular spot for skiing in winter and camping and hiking in the warmer months. A gondola and ski lifts carry visitors to the top which affords fine views of Lake Biwa and the surrounding area; the nearest station is Omi-Nagaoka Station. Samegai Trout Farm — Established over a century ago, this is the largest trout farm in Asia and with many ponds. There is a shallow pond. Riverside restaurants serve fresh trout. Nakasendō stage towns — The Nakasendō was an old highway linking Kyoto with Edo; the highway had 67 stages and three of them were Kashiwabara and Bamba in Maibara city. Today, you can see remnants of these stage towns established for highway travelers to lodge and trade.
Amanogawa River — In June, fireflies come out at night. Parts of the river are designated as a protected areas for fireflies. Lake Biwa — The lakeshore road is scenic on fine days. Samegai Baikamo Flowers — Underwater flowers which bloom in Jizogawa River Maibara Hikiyama Festival — Parade of ornate floats which have a small stage featuring kabuki performed by children. Early October. Maibara City official website
The Kansai region or the Kinki region lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Mie, Wakayama, Osaka, Hyōgo and Shiga, sometimes Fukui and Tottori. While the use of the terms "Kansai" and "Kinki" have changed over history, in most modern contexts the use of the two terms is interchangeable; the urban region of Osaka and Kyoto is the second-most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area. The Kansai region is a cultural center and the historical heart of Japan, with 11% of the nation's land area and 22,757,897 residents as of 2010; the Osaka Plain with the cities of Osaka and Kyoto forms the core of the region, from there the Kansai area stretches west along the Seto Inland Sea towards Kobe and Himeji and east encompassing Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. In the north, the region is bordered by the Sea of Japan, to the south by the Kii Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the Ibuki Mountains and Ise Bay.
Four of Japan's national parks lie in whole or in part. The area contains six of the seven top prefectures in terms of national treasures. Other geographical features include Awaji Island in Hyōgo; the Kansai region is compared with the Kantō region, which lies to its east and consists of Tokyo and the surrounding area. Whereas the Kantō region is symbolic of standardization throughout Japan, the Kansai region displays many more idiosyncrasies – the culture in Kyoto, the mercantilism of Osaka, the history of Nara, or the cosmopolitanism of Kobe – and represents the focus of counterculture in Japan; this East-West rivalry has deep historical roots from the Edo period. With a samurai population of less than 1% the culture of the merchant city of Osaka stood in sharp contrast to that of Edo, the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate. Many characteristic traits of Kansai people descend from Osaka merchant culture. Catherine Maxwell, an editor for the newsletter Omusubi, writes: "Kansai residents are seen as being pragmatic, down-to-earth and possessing a strong sense of humor.
Kantō people, on the other hand, are perceived as more sophisticated and formal, in keeping with Tokyo’s history and modern status as the nation’s capital and largest metropolis."Kansai is known for its food Osaka, as supported by the saying "Kyotoites are ruined by overspending on clothing, Osakans are ruined by overspending on food". Popular Osakan dishes include takoyaki, kitsune udon and kushikatsu. Kyoto is considered a mecca of traditional Japanese cuisine like kaiseki. Kansai has many wagyu brands such as Kobe beef and Tajima cattle from Hyōgo, Matsusaka beef from Mie and Ōmi beef from Shiga. Sake is another specialty of the region, the areas of Nada-Gogō and Fushimi produce 45% of all sake in Japan; as opposed to food from Eastern Japan, food in the Kansai area tends to be sweeter, foods such as nattō tend to be less popular. The dialects of the people from the Kansai region called Kansai-ben, have their own variations of pronunciation and grammar. Kansai-ben is the group of dialects spoken in the Kansai area, but is treated as a dialect in its own right.
Kansai is one of the most prosperous areas for baseball in Japan. Two Nippon Professional Baseball teams, Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes, are based in Kansai. Koshien Stadium, the home stadium of the Hanshin Tigers, is famous for the nationwide high school baseball tournaments. In association football, the Kansai Soccer League was founded in 1966 and has 16 teams in two divisions. Cerezo Osaka, Gamba Osaka, Vissel Kobe belong to J. League Division 1 and Kyoto Sanga F. C. belongs to the top professional leagues in Japan. The terms Kansai and Kinai have a deep history, dating back as far as the nation of Japan itself; as a part of the Ritsuryō reforms of the seventh and eighth centuries, the Gokishichidō system established the provinces of Yamato, Kawachi and Izumi. Kinai and Kinki, both meaning "the neighbourhood of the capital", referred to these provinces. In common usage, Kinai now refers to the center of the Kansai region. Kansai in its original usage refers to the land west of the Osaka Tollgate, the border between Yamashiro Province and Ōmi Province.
During the Kamakura period, this border was redefined to include Iga Provinces. It is not until the Edo period. Like all regions of Japan, the Kansai region is not an administrative unit, but rather a cultural and historical one, which emerged much during the Heian Period after the expansion of Japan saw the development of the Kantō region to the east and the need to differentiate what was the center of Japan in Kansai emerged; the Kansai region lays claim to the earliest beginnings of Japanese civilization. It was Nara, the most eastern point on the Silk Road, that became the site of Japan's first permanent capital; this period saw the spread of Buddhism to Japan and the construction of Tōdai-ji in 745. The Kansai region boasts the Shinto religion's holiest shrine at Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture; the Heian period saw the capital moved to Heian-kyō, where it would remain for over a thousand years until the Meiji Restoration. During this golden age, the Kansai region would give birth to traditional Japanese culture.
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Takashima is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. On October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 49,168 and a population density of 71 persons per km²; the total area is 693 km². The modern city of Takashima was established on January 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Takashima, absorbing the towns of Adogawa, Imazu and Shin'asahi, the village of Kutsuki. Petoskey, United States Takashima City official website