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Japan : Tōhoku

3.9 km (2.4 miles) ESE of Ōgata, Ōgata-mura, Akita-ken, Tōhoku, Japan
Approx. altitude: -4 m (-13 ft)
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Antipode: 40°S 40°W

Accuracy: 19 m (62 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The sign on the road south of the Confluence #3: The monument near the Confluence #4: Sign at the monument #5: Ridge between fields #6: GPS

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  40°N 140°E (visit #4)  

#1: The field with the Confluence

(visited by Howell Gibbens)

30-Jun-2011 -- Finding this confluence is easy, as there are signs on the road to the south and west, as well as a large monument. It has been noted that the monument is off by a several hundred meters, the actual confluence is to the southeast, in a rice field. Also note that the monument is on the wrong side of an irrigation canal. From the monument you must drive 2.5 kilometers back to the main road to cross the canal.

I arrived prepared to get my feet wet and wade into the field, however I met the farmer on the road and he wouldn't give me permission to do so. It is just as well, because I would have trampled his beautiful young rice plants. So I walked south along the ridge until I arrived at 40º North, slightly west of the exact location.


 All pictures
#1: The field with the Confluence
#2: The sign on the road south of the Confluence
#3: The monument near the Confluence
#4: Sign at the monument
#5: Ridge between fields
#6: GPS
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the middle of the island that is entirely made up of reclaimed land from the former Hachirō-gata Lake.