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Shiretoko Live Cam, Japan

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Shiretoko – Peninsula in the east of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The name comes from the people of the peninsula Ainu language and means “end of the earth.” On the eastern tip of the peninsula is clearly seen the island Kunashir. This is one of the least populated and cultivated areas of Japan.

The Shiretoko Peninsula was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, in recognition of the peninsula being the southernmost point where sea ice usually forms in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Shiretoko Peninsula is home to many species of both conifers and broadleaf trees, including the acorn-bearing Quercus mongolica (mizunara). Siberian dwarf pine trees grow above 1,000 metres (3,000 ft). Red foxes and sika deer also inhabit the area. There are a large number of Ussuri brown bears. The upper reaches of Mount Rausu, Mount Onnebetsu, and Mount Shari are the only known breeding areas of Arctic warblers in Hokkaidō. Sea eagles flourish here, and seals can be often seen on the coast.

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Morioka Live Cam, Japan – Iwate volcano

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Morioka – the central city and the administrative center of the Japanese prefecture of Iwate, the largest of the six prefectures of the Tohoku region. In the north-west of the city located Iwate volcano (height 2041 m).

The area of present-day Morioka has been continuously inhabited since the Japanese Paleolithic period. Numerous Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun period tombs and remains have been found. The Emishi inhabited the area into the Heian period. During the Enryaku era of the Heian period, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, was ordered north to Shiwa Castle in 803 AD, as a military center to extend the domination of the Yamato dynasty over Mutsu Province.

The area was later ruled by the Abe clan until their destruction during the Former Nine Years War at the hands of the Minamoto and Kiyohara clans. The Kiyohara were in turn defeated in the Gosannen War and the area came under the control of the Ōshū Fujiwara Clan based in Hiraizumi, to the south of Morioka. After the Ōshū Fujiwara were destroyed by Minamoto no Yoritomo at the start of the Kamakura period, the area was disputed by several samurai clans until the Nanbu clan, based in Sannohe to the north, expanded their territory during the Sengoku period and built Kozukata Castle in 1592.

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Hokkaido Live Cam, Japan – Chitose airport

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New Chitose Airport – the largest airport in Hokkaido prefecture, located 5 kilometers south-east of the cities of Chitose and Tomakomai. It serves mostly metropolis of Sapporo. The airport terminal was built in the shape of a semicircle, it has 18 outlets and a small international terminal with 6 outputs. By design, reminiscent of the Dallas airport.

New Chitose opened in 1991 to replace the adjacent Chitose Airport, a joint-use facility which had served passenger flights since 1963. The airport’s IATA airport code was originally SPK. This code was later adopted as a city code to refer to both New Chitose and the smaller Okadama Airport in central Sapporo, which handles commuter flights within Hokkaido.

New Chitose became Japan’s first 24-hour airport in 1994. Services between 10 PM and 7 AM are currently limited to six flights per day due to noise alleviation concerns. Four of these slots are currently used by passenger flights to Tokyo while the other two are used by cargo flights.

Along with Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport in Russia, it is one of the closest Asian airports to North America along the great circle route used by transpacific flights, and is therefore an ideal refueling stop for many heavy cargo flights between Asia and North America.

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