17-Feb-2002 -- On Sunday, 2/17/02, I navigated to
the latitude and longitude confluence location of N35.00000
and E137.00000 (WGS-84). The location is in the small
community of Kariya, Japan. The exact location is in the
backyard of a small Japanese-style house located at the
southeast corner on an intersection. There is a small
Coca-Cola vending machine on the sidewalk, very near the
exact location of the backyard. I took a picture of my GPS
on top of the vending machine to show the location. In
high-resolution mode (for my camera), you barely can make
out the GPS-displayed location of N34.99991 and E136.99989. This is computed to be within 14.2 meters or 46.4 feet of the confluence.
The owner of the property was in the backyard at the time
trimming his trees and burning the trimmings. He became
quite curious as to why this gajin was taking pictures of
his house. Unfortunately, I do not speak Japanese and he
did not speak English. A neighbor of his (Toshiaki-san)
came to our rescue and was able to interpret for us.
I explained to the gentleman, via Toshiaki-san, that I was
recording the waypoint N35 and E137 for www.confluence.org.
I asked him if I might take pictures I took of his house
and place them on the Internet for the world to see. He
agreed, but was reluctant to allow me to use a photo of
him holding my GPS in front of his house. So, to respect
his wishes, I have only placed photos of his residence on
the web. The photo I took of the owner holding my GPS is
not available for distribution. Further, to respect his
privacy, I will not use his name. However, I have provided
a photo of his mailbox that (I think) spells out his
address in Japanese. If his name is on the mailbox, it is
not in English. I held myself back from suggesting that
the N35 and E137 Latitude and Longitude should be added to
his mailbox address.
Getting to this location is quite easy. It is a short
walk (0.77 miles or 1.24 kilometers) from the Kariya train
station. Having never been there, I tracked as close as I
could to the indicated bearing (320 degrees). The plot the
GPS recorded shows the zigzags as I went left and right at
each intersection. The return trip was much better because
I just walked to the train tracks and followed them to the
train station. Originally, I had exited the wrong side of
the train station, thus my route/track shows I started on
the wrong side. There is a gap in the recorded track log
data because I went under a walkway and lost reception.
Another portion was lost as I forgot that I was trying to
record the track and turned the GPS off for a few minutes.
Directions to get to this location from Nagoya Japan are
From the main Nagoya train station (N35.1688/E136.8801),
take one of the "rapid" or "new rapid" trains to Kariya.
There are many trains through Kariya every day, but the
"rapid" or "new rapid" trains have significantly fewer
The train I took was the 11:20 train on track #2 on the JR
Tokaido line. It arrived in Kariya at 12:17 pm. The train's
final destination is Hamamatsu. Kariya is the fourth stop
along the way when you take one of the "rapid" or "new
rapid" trains. Kariya station is approximately 14.3 miles
(23 kilometers) from the Nagoya train station. I recorded
the Kariya train station south exit location as being
N34.9916 and E137.0092. This may or may not be
accurate because I was recording this location prior to my
next train and also didn't want to stand out in the rain
that had just started to fall.
Note: Due to privacy concerns, we've decided to remove or crop the pictures of the owner's mailbox that showed his name and address in Japanese.