JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Also in Shigaraki is Miho Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, in the middle of the mountains. From Shigaraki Station, it's a 25-min. bus ride. (Or 50 min. by Teisan Bus from JR Ishiyama Station in Otsu.) This nice tunnel leads to the museum.
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Entrance to Miho Museum which has an excellent collection of art from most parts of the world. Photography is not allowed inside the museum. MAP
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Miho Museum has several exhibition rooms featuring art from various parts of the world. It also has a restaurant and coffee shop.
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It's the fourth longest undersea tunnel in the world.
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Off-ramp to Umihotaru.
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Get off at the Umihotaru bus stop.
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Bus schedule on Umihotaru. You can either go back to Kawasaki or go on to Kisarazu in Chiba.
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Entrance to Umihotaru.
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Umihotaru floor plan. It has 5 floors. The 4th and 5th floors are the main floors.
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Umihotaru has escalators in the middle going up 5 floors.
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The ocean is right there.
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Top deck facing Kawasaki. Dress warmly if you visit in the colder months because it's quite windy.
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As long as they don't do this on real turtles. Must be the Urashima Taro influence.
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Top deck facing south.
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Tokyo skyline. On really clear days, Mt. Fuji is visible.
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On the lower deck, Godzilla footprints. Great idea. Pointing toward Kawasaki. Umihotaru has appeared in a Godzilla movie.
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Godzilla footprint is huge.
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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.
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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.
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Closeup of drill bits on the cutting shield.
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Tunnel boring machine cutaway illustration.
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About the tunnel boring machine.
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Passengers flying to or from Haneda Airport can usually see Umihotaru from the plane.
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Wave breakers
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Helipad
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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.
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Umihotaru has escalators in the middle going up 5 floors.
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Food court with ocean views.
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Gift shops inside.
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Gift shops inside.
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One shop even had Hawaiian goods.
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I went on a Sunday so it was packed with cars.
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Tokyo Bay Aqua Line above the ocean toward Kisarazu, Chiba.
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Umihotaru showing its age with rust here and there.
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Chiba skyline is mostly industrial.
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Umihotaru bus stop.
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Bus schedule at Umihotaru.
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Bus for Kisarazu.
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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.
   
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