Last additions - Kisarazu 木更津市
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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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HelipadJan 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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