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On a Clear Day

December 8th, 2008

Sometimes, winds and storms clear up the air enough for us to get nice views of distant features of the Kanto landscape. One feature that’s an early indicator is the ferris wheel at Kasai Rinkai Park, just at the eastern edge of Tokyo, with Disneyland across the river from it in Chiba. On bad days, we can’t even see it. On good days, you can not only see the ferris wheel (16 km. distant, 10 miles), but you can see the Chiba coastline (40 km., 24 miles) behind the wheel as well. Really, that’s probably mountains, not coastline, which would be 50 km./30 miles.

Kasai Rinkai-Dist

Closer-up, notice that small mountain to the right of the wheel; that’s “Mysterious Mountain,” an attraction at Disney Sea, the sister theme park to Tokyo Disneyland.

Kasai Rinkai

We also get a great view of Mt. Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, 70 km./40 miles distant, a nice, big landmark.


The structures to the left are a shrine complex, with weather and cell repeater towers in the middle.


These mountains and a bunch surrounding the city of Nikko, a resort town famous for being the source of the Three “No Evil” Monkeys–“See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil,” you know. Distance: 120 km./75 miles.

Nikko Mts-01

I’d love to be able to see Fuji, but the damned Toyota Amlux building is still in the way….

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  1. Tim Kane
    December 9th, 2008 at 10:17 | #1

    Nice pictures. Really like them. They give a feeling of what it’s like to be in Tokyo.

  2. December 9th, 2008 at 11:13 | #2

    Amazing views, Luis. All the times I have been in Ikebukuro and I never knew you could see mountains from there even.

  3. December 10th, 2008 at 00:07 | #3

    Nice shots, thanks.

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