Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A rest area in the middle of the sea in the Tokyo bay. Umi Hotaru is located on the cross over point from underwater tunnel to bridge, on the Tokyo bay Aqua line Highway.
The Highway was contructed in 1997, to reduce the drive time from Kanagawa to Chiba from 100 km to 14 km, to the incredible cost of 1.44 trillion JPY. It is composed of a 4.4 km bridge and a 9.6 km tunnel, the fourth largest in the world.
The highway is not heavily used, despite the huge time saving, mainly due to the high toll cost of 3000 JPY.
The rest area has parking space for 400 cars, restaurants, food courts, coffee shop, museum, souvenir shops, and amusement area. With all the facilities it is difficult not to make a stop when crossing the Aqua line.