Benten-jima (Wakkanai)

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Benten-jima
Native name: 弁天島
宗谷岬弁天島.JPG
Benten-jima (Wakkanai) is located in Japan
Benten-jima (Wakkanai)
Geography
Location La Pérouse Strait
Coordinates 45°31′35″N 141°55′09″E / 45.52639°N 141.91917°E / 45.52639; 141.91917
Area 0.005 km2 (0.0019 sq mi)
Coastline .5 km (0.31 mi)
Highest elevation .2 m (0.7 ft)
Highest point unnamed point
Country
Japan
Prefectures Hokkaido
Subprefecture Sōya
City Wakkanai
Demographics
Population 0
Benten-jima, viewed from Cape Sōya

Benten-jima (弁天島?) is a small deserted island west by northwest of Cape Sōya, Wakkanai, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is the northernmost piece of land under Japanese control. The island is 1km north of Sannai settlement. Another island called Hira-shima (平島?) lies southeast of Benten-jima.

Benten-jima is 0.005 square kilometres (0.0019 sq mi) in area, its perimeter is roughly 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi), and its highest point is 20 metres (66 ft) above sea level. It is named after Benzaiten, once enshrined on the island. The wildlife includes many seabirds, steller sea lions, kombu kelp, and sea urchins.

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Coordinates: 45°31′35″N 141°55′09″E / 45.52639°N 141.91917°E / 45.52639; 141.91917