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Japan : Kantō

5.8 km (3.6 miles) SE of Anazawa, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi-ken, Kantō, Japan
Approx. altitude: 390 m (1279 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 40°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: North #3: East #4: South #5: West #6: GPS (N37 E140) #7: Takahashi Hiroki and his daughter Atsuko behind the confluence #8: Wakasa Ken behind the confluence #9: Close up on the confluence point #10: Circumference of the confluence from the roadside

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  37°N 140°E (visit #1)  

#1: A thicket or crop field where the confluence is in

(visited by Ken Wakasa, Atsuko Takahashi, Mieko Takahashi, Hiroki Takahashi and Kumiko Wakasa)

English Version

Japanese Version

2002年10月26日 -- オンライン地図 で N37 E140 (= 日本測地系では N36度59分48.9秒 E140度0分11.9秒) を確認 したところ、この緯度経度合流点は那須の平地 (栃木県黒磯市) にあるらしい ことが分かり、比較的簡単に辿り着くことができそうだったので、今回挑戦し てみました。

JR東北新幹線 那須塩原駅にてレンタカーを借り、プリントアウトした地図を 頼りに目的地点を目指しました。途中、何度か道に迷いつつも、GPS 表示であ と 200m のポイントまで何とか近づくことができました。その付近で路肩に車 を止め、地図と GPS にしたがって進み、あと 70m の地点の道路上まで来まし た。そこから、草むらでもあり畑でもあるようなちょっとした茂みに入ってい くと、GPS 表示であと 5m の表示の場所へは簡単に行けました。GPS のゼロ表 示を得るのには少々てこずりましたが、東西南北の写真とスナップ写真を数枚 撮って、今回の挑戦は比較的あっさり終了してしまいました。

当日はあいにくの雨模様でしたが、その後、那須高原のペンションでゆっくり と良い休日を過ごすことができました。

English Version

26-Oct-2002 -- Having looked at a map site, we found the N37 E140 (it's N36°59'48.9" E140°00'11.9" in the Tokyo Datum) is at the level land in Nasu area (Kuroiso city, Tochigi prefecture). We decided to try getting there as it looked relatively easy.

We hired a car at Nasu-Shiobara station of JR Tohoku Shinkansen. We were headed for the point with a hardcopy of the online map. We reached a place that was around 200m from the confluence. We parked our car at the roadside around there, and started walking toward the confluence. Guided by GPS and the map, we then reached a spot on the road that was around 70m from the confluence. From there, we got into a thicket or a crop field, and GPS showed "5m to go" soon. Although it took a while for us to get all the zero, we finished the hunting itself successfully and comparatively easily without any difficulties after we took pictures of four directions and ourselves.

Unluckily it was rainy skies on that day, however, we were able to pass a good holiday at a pension in Nasu highlands after the hunting.


 All pictures
#1: A thicket or crop field where the confluence is in
#2: North
#3: East
#4: South
#5: West
#6: GPS (N37 E140)
#7: Takahashi Hiroki and his daughter Atsuko behind the confluence
#8: Wakasa Ken behind the confluence
#9: Close up on the confluence point
#10: Circumference of the confluence from the roadside
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