Tokyo is located on Honshu Island and serves as Japan’s capital city. It is the largest city in japan and the most populated metropolitan area in the world (Briney & Amanda, 45-55). The geographical site and situation of a city primarily determines its growth and overall development over time. The growth of Tokyo is attributed to its favouring site and situation. With its large water capacity, presence of minerals, wildlife and widely connected transportation systems, the city has grown and developed rapidly over the years.
Identify major water bodies and physical features.
Briney and Amanda (34-38) explain that Tokyo houses many water bodies that play a significant role in providing water, food and transportation. Tokyo bay that connects to the Pacific Ocean is among the major water bodies in Tokyo. Tokyo bay houses the major ports thereby facilitating transportation through the Pacific Ocean. Lake Okutama and Murayama Reservoir also form a significant part of the Tokyo’s water bodies with an overall volume of 189 million m2 and 14.9 million m2 respectively (Hillard, 76). Rivers passing through Tokyo include Edogawa River and Tamagawa River (Hoy & Selena, 56). Other rivers are Arakawa River, Denu River, Sumida River, Tama River, Meguro River, Kanda River, Naka River, Onagi River, Shirako River, Tagara River and Tsurumi River.
Many physical features exist in Tokyo. Tokyo is fully bordered by water. Many rivers, dams, reservoirs and lakes are also present. Additionally, the metropolitan hosts many mountains including Mt Takao, Mt Mitake (Hoy & Selena, 78-81). Other mountains include Mt Jinba and Mt Kumotori. Kanto plain is also a noteworthy physical feature. It is used for commercial, residential and farming activities. Another physical feature of Tokyo is the Aokigahara forest that covers an area of 35k2. The forest is dense and with natural sounds. The Korea Strait also serves as a physical feature. The 200km sea passage between Korea and Japan connects East China Sea and the Sea of Japan.
Describe the organization of the city: Where is the urban core, where do people live, what kinds of recreational activities can be identified from the map?
According to Spacey and John (45), Tokyo City is subdivided into 23 wards for administrative purpose. The city exists as a census metropolitan area (CMA) urban core resulting from the 23 municipalities totalling to a population of over 13 million people. People live in different areas considering factors such as proximity to public transport, budget, bilingual concierge services, employment and proximity to schools. For instance, most people live in Nakano making it the most populated in Japan. Azabu is the home to rich and famous individuals and houses various foreign embassies (Spacey & John, 43-45). Top designers and models live in Omotesando whereas most politicians, celebrities and business leaders reside in Denenchofu. Many people also live in Nakameguro due to its proximity to Meguro River (Spacey). Recreational activities in Tokyo include mountain climbing due to presence of mountains, boat riding in the lakes and dams, fishing in the rivers and lakes and taking a walk in the parks such as Sengenyama Park, Koganei Park and Shiseki (Park Spacey & John, 45).
City transportation network
The city’s transportation network is dense and interconnected. Most transportation is done through roads and railways which form the largest transportation network throughout Tokyo. Presence of airports such as Chofu Airport indicates possibility of air transport. People also use water transport when moving from place to place especially those near the lakes and Tokyo bay (Hillard, 47-52). With roads and railways connecting almost all major towns and residential regions, they are by far the most used transportation means, especially the trains. Tokyo is also well connected to surrounding regions. This is primarily attributed to the waters surrounding the metropolitan city entirely (Hillard, 23). For instance, Tokyo is connected to South Korea through the Korean Strait. It is also connected to Russia through the Sea of Japan. Additionally, the Asian Highway 1 that passes through Tokyo also connects it to many surrounding regions including China, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India and Iran.
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