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Sea of Japan*

The Sea of Japan sits enclosed between Japan and the Asian mainland. It is connected to the East China Sea, the North Pacific Ocean, and Sea of Okhotsk by surrounding straits.  The shallower northern and southern portions of the sea are important fishing areas. The sea has depths of more than 10,000 ft (3,050 m). A branch of the warm Japan Current flows northeast through the sea, modifying the climate of the region.

Area: 389,100 sq. mi. or 1,007,800 sq. km
Average depth: 4,429 ft. or 1,350 m
Greatest known depth: 12,276 ft. or 3,742 m
Place of greatest known depth: 2 Central Basin

map of the Sea of Japan

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[Last updated: 2007-07-03]