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Semalam mengikut lab trip ke Chiba Prefecture selama 2 hari. Bertolak dari Tokyo Tech pada pukul 10:00 pagi melalui Lebuhraya yang dinamakan Aqualine iaitu lebuhraya pintas dari Kawasaki di Kanagawa Prefecture ke Kisarazu di Chiba Prefecture. Dengan menggunakan lebuhraya ini, temph perjalanan dapat dijimatkan lebih 1 jam iaitu lebuhraya rentas Teluk Tokyo. Lebih kurang 10 kilometer pertama melalui terowong dasar laut dan seterusnya disusuli tempat rehat (R & R) yang dinamakan Umihotaru atau pulau buatan di tengah2 laut dan seterusnya jambatan di atas laut sejauh lebih 4 kilometer. Hampir tiada kereta di sepanjang perjalanan di Aqualine dan mungkin juga kerana bukan pada hujung minggu atau “rush hour”. Ini ada penerangan mengenai Aqualine dari WIKI:

Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line (東京湾アクアライン ,tōkyō wan akua rain?) is a bridge-tunnel combination across Tokyo Bay in Japan. It connects the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture with the city of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, and forms part of National Route 409. With an overall length of 14 km, it includes a 4.4 km bridge and 9.6 km tunnel underneath the bay—the longest underwater tunnel for cars in the world.

Overview
At the bridge-tunnel crossover point, there is an artificial island called Umi-hotaru (海ほたる ,Umi-hotaru, literally meaning “sea firefly”) with a rest area consisting of restaurants, shops and amusement facilities. Air is supplied to the tunnel by a distinctive tower in the middle of the tunnel, called the Kaze no tō (風の塔), which uses the bay’s almost-constant winds as a power source.

The road opened on December 18, 1997 after 31 years of construction at a cost of 1.44 trillion yen (11.2 billion USD at the time of opening).

The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line reduced the drive between Chiba and Kanagawa, two important industrial regions, to 15 minutes, and also contributed to cut the travel time to the sea leisure area in the southern part of the Bōsō Peninsula from Tokyo and Kanagawa. Before the tunnel opened, one had to drive a roundabout 100 km along the shores of Tokyo Bay and pass through downtown Tokyo.

One goal expressed during the planning of the Aqua-Line was to reduce the traffic through downtown Tokyo, but as the highway toll is quite high, the reduction in Tokyo traffic has not been as great as expected.

Many highway bus services now use the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, such as line from Tokyo Station to Kisarazu, Kimitsu, Kamogawa, Katsuura and Tateyama, and from Yokohama Station or Haneda Airport to Kisarazu, Kimitsu and Tateyama, which are less expensive than the tolls on the Aqua-Line.

Tolls and U-turns
The cash toll for a single trip on the Aqua-Line is 3,000 yen for ordinary-size cars; however, using the ETC (electronic toll collection) system, the fare is 2,300. In general, tolls for usage of the Aqua-Line in either direction are collected at the mainline toll plaza on the Kisarazu end.

Destinasi pertama kami adalah Mother Farm yang terkenal sebagai tempat berehat atau pelancongan di Chiba. Ada banyak tempat yang boleh dilawati dan perkara yang boleh dicuba. Mungkin lebih sesuai jika bersama anak2 dan keluarga. Kami membeli tiket untuk Mother Farm dan Kamogawa Sea World yang berharga 3400 yen (jika tiket berasingan berharga 1500 untuk Mother Farm dan 2800 untuk Kamogawa Sea World). Sampai sahaja di sana, kami makan tengahari sebelum berjalan2 di ladang yang luas dan “bersih” itu. Kami keluar dari ladang tersebut pada pukul 3:30 petang dan seterusnya ke Yado Nakaya atau Hotel Nakaya di Kamogawa. Sampai sahaja di sana, kami disambut mesra oleh okamisan yang juga emak kepada kawan salah seorang ahli lab kami. Pada makan malam kami dihidangkan dengan hidangan makanan laut termasuk 鮑「あわび」(awabi: abalone) yang biasanya berharga 5000 yen seekor. Pengalaman yang tidak boleh dilupakan dengan rasanya yang manis dan dimasak secara 踊り焼き「おどりやき」(odoriyaki: dibakar supaya menari??). Seterusnya sudah pastilah masuk ke 温泉露天風呂「おんせんろてんふろ」(onsen roten furo: natural hot spring). Puas juga berendam dengan berlangitkan awan dan kesejukan malam.

p/s: kalau ada anak2 sudah pasti keseronokannya berganda…

-nash-

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