When traveling from Tokyo to Chiba by car, there’s a high possibility that you want to take a break, do some stretching, answer the call of nature, and fill your hankering stomach. You’ll pass by a few convenience stores to provide you things you need and want. However, there’s this rather out of the ordinary rest area that you might want to check out in Japan.
- Constructed on an artificial island (Kisarazu, 650m) encircled by 360º of water.
- Towers five levels tall, including parking on levels 1 through 3,
and commercial facilities on levels 4 and 5.
- The only shopping center on the sea where you can revel in far-reaching 360º scenes of Tokyo Bay, along with many shops, restaurants and services.
- Umihotaru means sea firefly. Perhaps, this explains it. ⇓
- Accessible from Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line tunnel, a distinctive underwater bridge and tunnel expressway that connects Kisarazu City of Chiba Prefecture and Kawasaki City of Kanagawa Prefecture.
- Located here is a colossal cutter face of one of the slurry shield machines used to drill the undersea tunnel for the Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line expressway.
And the last thing, but definitely the one I admired the most on our second visit is the chance to witness the spectacular phases of sunset. This may not be a fact to others, yet for me it’s the only thing that matters above all else.
This is my favorite…