Last additions - CHIBA 千葉県
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Tokyo Bay Aqua Line heading to Kisarazu over the ocean. After 2 hours on Umihotaru, took the bus to Kisarazu. Great place to visit.Jan 04, 2017
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Bus for Kisarazu.Jan 04, 2017
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Bus schedule at Umihotaru.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru bus stop.Jan 04, 2017
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Chiba skyline is mostly industrial.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru showing its age with rust here and there.Jan 04, 2017
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Tokyo Bay Aqua Line above the ocean toward Kisarazu, Chiba.Jan 04, 2017
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I went on a Sunday so it was packed with cars. Jan 04, 2017
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One shop even had Hawaiian goods.Jan 04, 2017
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Gift shops inside.Jan 04, 2017
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Gift shops inside.Jan 04, 2017
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Food court with ocean views.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru has escalators in the middle going up 5 floors.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru is basically a parking structure with three levels of parking topped with two levels of shops and restaurants. Top floor.Jan 04, 2017
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Wave breakersJan 04, 2017
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Passengers flying to or from Haneda Airport can usually see Umihotaru from the plane.Jan 04, 2017
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About the tunnel boring machine.Jan 04, 2017
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Tunnel boring machine cutaway illustration.Jan 04, 2017
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Closeup of drill bits on the cutting shield.Jan 04, 2017
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One corner on the lower deck had this impressive display of a cutting shield of a tunnel boring machine used to dig the undersea tunnel.Jan 04, 2017
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Looking toward Kawasaki. In the center is Kaze no To (風の塔, "Tower of Wind") which supplies air into the tunnel.Jan 04, 2017
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Godzilla footprint is huge.Jan 04, 2017
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On the lower deck, Godzilla footprints. Great idea. Pointing toward Kawasaki. Umihotaru has appeared in a Godzilla movie.Jan 04, 2017
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Tokyo skyline. On really clear days, Mt. Fuji is visible.Jan 04, 2017
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Top deck facing south.Jan 04, 2017
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As long as they don't do this on real turtles. Must be the Urashima Taro influence.Jan 04, 2017
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Top deck facing Kawasaki. Dress warmly if you visit in the colder months because it's quite windy.Jan 04, 2017
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The ocean is right there.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru has escalators in the middle going up 5 floors.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru floor plan. It has 5 floors. The 4th and 5th floors are the main floors.Jan 04, 2017
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Entrance to Umihotaru.Jan 04, 2017
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Bus schedule on Umihotaru. You can either go back to Kawasaki or go on to Kisarazu in Chiba.Jan 04, 2017
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Get off at the Umihotaru bus stop.Jan 04, 2017
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Off-ramp to Umihotaru.Jan 04, 2017
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It's the fourth longest undersea tunnel in the world.Jan 04, 2017
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Entrance to the undersea tunnel of Tokyo Bay Aqua Line in Kawasaki.Jan 04, 2017
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It took 9 years to build Tokyo Bay Aqua Line which opened in 1997. It's 14 km long, with 9.6 km undersea.Jan 04, 2017
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Umihotaru is an artificial island serving as a highway rest area and tourist attraction in the middle of Tokyo Bay.It's part of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line highway traversing Tokyo Bay above and below the ocean to connect Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture and Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. Umihotaru is built atop the entrance/exit of the undersea tunnel going to Kawasaki.Jan 04, 2017
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From Tokyo, taking the bus at JR Kawasaki Station is most convenient. Buses for Umihotaru leave once an hour. It takes about 45 min to get to Umihotaru. Bus fare is cheap.Jan 04, 2017
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Rocket near the ferris wheel.Jan 04, 2017
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DucksJan 04, 2017
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Magic mushrooms.Jan 04, 2017
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I'm inclined to believe their claim to have the biggest Christmas light decorations in the Tokyo area.Jan 04, 2017
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Very impressive, it was worth the trouble to get here by bus.Jan 04, 2017
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They also had a hilltop lookout point (seen here in the distance) to get a bird's eye view, but I didn't go up there.
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Besides the Village, they light up a large swath of the surrounding rolling hills. They have a few footpaths to walk through the lights on the ground.Jan 04, 2017
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Tunnel to the rolling, illuminated hills.Jan 04, 2017
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Picture-taking serviceJan 04, 2017
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This facade is covered with musician LED designs.Jan 04, 2017
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I was curious to see how an amusement park in Chiba would dare to compete with Tokyo Disneyland, also in Chiba. But they seem to be doing quite well with low admission fees, huge open spaces, and different attractions in each season. Saw lots of people, family-oriented too. Jan 04, 2017
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Every 30 min., a song by the boy band SMAP blared through the speakers and the lights blinked along with the song. No German music.Jan 04, 2017
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The lights did not disappoint. Very impressive. Jan 04, 2017
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The lights turn on right after sunset which is 5 pm or later. People waited to see it turn on.Jan 04, 2017
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LEDS lights on the facade.Jan 04, 2017
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Sausage with mochi twist.Jan 04, 2017
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Restaurant hardly served German food.Jan 04, 2017
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RestaurantJan 04, 2017
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No brotchen or German bread.Jan 04, 2017
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German beerJan 04, 2017
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Inside the German-style building is only a gift shop.Jan 04, 2017
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German-style buildings are also covered with LED lights. Go inside and find only gift shops.Jan 04, 2017
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This is the center of the park, with German-style buildings. Perhaps modeled after Rothenburg.Jan 04, 2017
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Wide open lawn also has LED lights embedded in some areas.Jan 04, 2017
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They have "Tokyo" in their name, but it's quite far from Tokyo. Jan 04, 2017
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There's wide open lawn to walk across to get to the center of the park.Jan 04, 2017
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Entrance to Tokyo German Village where you pay admission. Very cheap compared to Tokyo Disneyland, also in Chiba Prefecture.Jan 04, 2017
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Bus stop at Tokyo German Village. Return buses are also very few.Jan 04, 2017
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Sodegaura Bus Terminal, bus stop 5.Jan 04, 2017
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JR Sodegaura Station. By bus it takes 45 min. or longer to get to the German Village.Jan 04, 2017
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If you don't have a car, you can go there by bus from Sodegaura Bus Terminal or JR Sodegaura Station. Only three buses a day.Jan 04, 2017
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Tokyo German Village is a large agricultural park in the boondocks of Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture. It puts on a grand display of Christmas lights from Nov. 1 to March 31.Jan 04, 2017
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Way outJan 04, 2017
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Temple cemeteryJan 04, 2017
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刹堂Jan 04, 2017
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刹堂Jan 04, 2017
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Back of the SoshidoJan 04, 2017
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Hokkedo Hall, Important Cultural Property 法華堂Jan 04, 2017
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Hokkedo Hall, Important Cultural Property 法華堂Jan 04, 2017
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Hokekyoji Shisokumon GateJan 04, 2017
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Ema tabletJan 04, 2017
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聖教殿Jan 04, 2017
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Seikyoden stores very important documents including those written by Nichiren. This building is to protect the documents from theft, natural disasters, etc. 聖教殿Jan 04, 2017
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Indian-style Seikyoden building built in 1931. 聖教殿Jan 04, 2017
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Corridor to the Soshido (not open to the public).Jan 04, 2017
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Back of the SoshidoJan 04, 2017
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Yakudoshi agesJan 04, 2017
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Gift shopJan 04, 2017
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Altar room at the end of the building. 鬼子母神堂Jan 04, 2017
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Courtyard has a rock garden.Jan 04, 2017
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Hina dolls inside Hon'in Hall 本院Jan 04, 2017
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Scale model of the Three-Story Pagoda at Saimyoji temple in Shiga Prefecture. Inside Nakayama Hokekyoji temple in Ichikawa, Chiba.Jan 04, 2017
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Scale model of the Three-Story Pagoda at Saimyoji temple in Shiga Prefecture. Inside Nakayama Hokekyoji temple in Ichikawa, Chiba.Jan 04, 2017
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Hina dolls inside Hon'in Hall 本院Jan 04, 2017
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Lobby of Hon'in Hall 本院Jan 04, 2017
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Hon'in Hall 本院Jan 04, 2017
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Path embedded with small stones.Jan 04, 2017
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日常上人Jan 04, 2017
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Sitting Daibutsu Buddha near the pagoda.Jan 04, 2017
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Sitting Daibutsu BuddhaJan 04, 2017
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Sitting Daibutsu Buddha near the pagoda.Jan 04, 2017
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Sitting Daibutsu Buddha near the pagoda.Jan 04, 2017
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View from Soshido HallJan 04, 2017
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Soshido HallJan 04, 2017
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Left side of Soshido HallJan 04, 2017
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Soshido HallJan 04, 2017
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Soshido Hall is open to the public.Jan 04, 2017
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Incense burnerJan 04, 2017
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Path to Soshido Hall, the main temple. 祖師堂Jan 04, 2017
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Soshido Hall, Important Cultural PropertyJan 04, 2017
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Soshido Hall on right.Jan 04, 2017
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Map of Nakayama Hokekyoji templeJan 04, 2017
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Nakayama Hokekyoji temple's Five-Story Pagoda, an Important Cultural Property 五重塔Jan 04, 2017
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Nakayama Hokekyoji temple's Five-Story Pagoda 五重塔Jan 04, 2017
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Short bridgeJan 04, 2017
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Nakayama Hokekyo annual event schedule Jan 04, 2017
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Smaller temples along the way.Jan 04, 2017
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Short path to the main temple.Jan 04, 2017
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Entering the Sanmon Gate.Jan 04, 2017
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Temple event scheduleJan 04, 2017
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Statue of NichirenJan 04, 2017
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Statue of NichirenJan 04, 2017
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Sanmon Gate 三門Jan 04, 2017
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Manhole in Ichikawa, ChibaJan 04, 2017
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Portrait studioJan 04, 2017
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Temple gate ahead.Jan 04, 2017
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Crossing the Keisei Line.Jan 04, 2017
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Keep walking straight.Jan 04, 2017
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Manhole in Funabashi, ChibaJan 04, 2017
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Hina dolls on a storefront.Jan 04, 2017
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Heading to Nakayama Hokekyoji temple.Jan 04, 2017
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In front of JR Shimousa-Nakayama Station. Walk straight on the road between the buildings.Jan 04, 2017
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JR Shimousa-Nakayama StationJan 04, 2017
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