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Surrounded by an urban landscape that includes an elevated expressway, high-rise condominiums and an IKEA furniture store, the Yatsu-higata wetland in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, is an unusual nature preserve.

Yatsu-higata, which spans around 40 hectares — slightly smaller than Tokyo Disneyland — is in the middle of an urban area that is a 30-minute drive from central Tokyo. It is close to Tokyo Bay and connected to the sea by two rivers.

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