Aqualine Expressway linking Kawasaki and Kisarazu
The Aqualine expressway depicted by the blue line, 1/2 of which is submerged under Tokyo Bay and the other 1/2 upon a bridgeway above the sea, opened with much fanfare in 1997. This links the south industrial section of Kawasaki to Kisarazu, a small farming and fishing town.
Though at first glance appearing to provide a nice "shortcut" through the Tokyo Bay, the fanfare was muted by public criticism of the rather pricey tolls - 3,000 yen per passenger car for single crossing, or for return journey from "Umihotaru" scenic rest area with observation deck, shopping and eating.
From Kawasaki Station, in front of the well-marked "More's" department store, there is also a public bus which departs once or twice an hour which costs up to 1,400 yen for single complete crossing.
Scale 1:300,000 digital mapping was created at:
- Road Trip
Marine Express Ferry
The passenger sleeping compartments range from private room, to bunk bed shared sleeping compartments, to shared tatami room upon which to bed down with your own sleeping bag.
There is a huge shared public bath with sauna
Options available to ferry your vehicle along.
Departs daily every evening for different domestic destinations such as Shikoku, Kyushu or Wakayama Prefecture.
See website for details and prices (in Japanese):
Get to the terminal from East Side Kawasaki Station Bus Station #9, the Ukishima Bus Terminal-bound bus #3 and get off at "Ukishima Cho Koen Iriguchi", second to the last terminal stop of "Ukishima Bus Terminal" Bus Stop.
Odakyu Odawara Line
To get to the museum house, take the Odakyu express line from Shinjuku and exit at Mukagaoka Yuen station. (south exit) It's about 10mins walk from the station. Admission fee is JPY500 per adult (child is free of charge) and closed on Monday.
Funky Minor Train Lines from Kawasaki or nearby
There are three minor branch train lines for workers to commute to the many huge industrial factories located south to Kawasaki Station.
1) JR Tsurumi Line
Transfer from JR Tsurumi Station Keihin Kyuko Line
2) JR Hamakawasaki Line
Transfer from JR Shi-tte Station, Nambu Line. Shi-tte Station is one stop away from Kawasaki Station on the JR Nambu Line.
3) Keihin Kyuko Kawasaki Daishi Line
Transfer from Keihin Kyuko Kawasaki Station. Runs more frequently than the others,
generally 4-5/hour, and is the best way to get to the famous Kawasaki Daishi Temple.
These branch lines are rather cute actually as there are only a few linked cars with infrequent runs which are only few KM long. Because of the infrequent runs generally once an hour, nobody except for the commuters and train nerds (nerdresses?) like myself seem interested to ride them.
Shin-Shibaura Stn. and Umi-Shibaura Stn. off the JR Tsurumi Line are the most interesting as the platform is literally constructed over the ocean's edge. You could conceivably go fishing off them, though some stations have signposts forbidding it.
Umi-Shibaura Station is certainly the queerest train station and probably the most off the beaten path sort of a place I've ever experienced in the world. It's actually a terminal station right along the ocean's edge and also upon Toshiba factory grounds where the only exit leads directly to a small park and the gated entrance. Anybody may ride the train but as there is no other public road access nor any other way out, non-employees would just have wait 30 mins. to 1 hour when the train makes its return run. The park is however a great place to spend a lunch picnic and enjoy a great view and ocean breeze
How to get to Kawasaki
Located roughly mid-way between Tokyo and Yokohama Stations.
From Tokyo Central Station,
3rd stop on Tokaido Line or,
10th stop on Keihin Tohoku Line.
On Keihin Kyuko, from Shinagawa, or by direct connecting with Asakusa Line, refer to:
On-board the Marine (Pacific) Express
This is the view from the observation deck on the ferry.
The ferry gently rocks, and leaves your head swinging to the rhythm for at least 6 hours after disembarkation.
There are different classes of rooms, ranging from Private Suite w/toilet & shower, Private Room w/toilet & shower (Bunk Beds or Tatami), Shared Bunk Compartments or Shared Tatami Sleeping Space.
There is a rather uncrowded big public bath and Sauna with an Ocean View.
Was not so crowded considering that we went during the first day of Golden Week (Peak Travel of Spring Break Week in Japan), but seems to be a popular mode of transport among motorbike groups (obviously, as the motorbike can go with you).
For details and prices (in Japanese):