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Forming a loop around the metropolitan area, the Metropolitan Expressway (or “Shutoko”) is a convenient way to travel to sightseeing locations in Tokyo and Chiba. With the driving plan suggested here, travelers visiting Japan will be able to enjoy a fun-filled day.

ROUTE

START Narita Airport

Approx. 60 minutes

1 Ichikawa Parking Area

Approx. 20 minutes

2 Tsukiji Outer Market

Approx. 5 minutes

3 Kabukiza Theatre

Approx. 20 minutes

4 Sensoji Temple

Approx. 25 minutes

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1Ichikawa Parking Area市川パーキングエリア

There are plenty of delicious menus.For example, appetizing pork rib ramen topped with generous amounts of juicy, curry-seasoned pork loin.Let's try it !

Ichikawa is the first parking area driving from Chiba toward Tokyo. The dining hall offers an excellent menu of Japanese soul food such as fried chicken nuggets and ramen. The gift shop sells many famous local goods such as peanuts as well as Chiba-themed souvenirs and character goods, making it fun just to look around.

A large selection of sweets and Chiba mascot goods such as CHI-BA+KUN the dog, Pinyattsu the peanut cat and P-Man the peanut man.

ACCESS

Take the Shutoko the Bay Shore Route to access Ichikawa parking area (west bound).

[TEL] 047-395-3381 (Sunway Service Co., Ltd.) [HOURS & DAYS CLOSED] Dining: 6:30 to 20:00 (Gift shop: 6:30 to 21:00), no holidays[PARKING] Cars: 91 spaces, Heavy vehicles: 28 spaces, Handicapped: 2 spaces

MAP + VIEW POINT

A Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー

At 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower. The immediate area, called Tokyo Skytree Town, is home to sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and other commercial facilities.

B Tokyo Tower 東京タワー

This 333-meter telecommunications tower has been a symbol of Tokyo since its opening in 1958. The observation decks offer excellent views of Mt. Fuji and the Tokyo cityscape. The tower’s seasonal lighting is also popular.

2Tsukiji Outer Market 築地場外市場

Please enjoy the Edo-style sushi.

Tsukiji Market is Japan’s most famous fish market. Freshly caught fish from around Japan is brought in every day. The market sells fish and various other ingredients, and there are many restaurants at which to eat and drink.

The freshest ingredients plus the sushi chef's skills at this historied Edo-style sushi shop (established in 1889) make this dish a masterpiece.

ACCESS

5 minutes from Shutoko No. 10 Harumi Line / Harumi Exit1002

[TEL] 03-3541-9444 (Tsukiji Food Town Project Committee Office) [ADDRESS] Tsukiji 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [HOURS & DAYS CLOSED] Varies by store [PARKING] Use nearby pay parking lots

* The number shown after each Shutoko exit name (for example 1002) is the exit number.

MAP + VIEW POINT

A Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー

At 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower. The immediate area, called Tokyo Skytree Town, is home to sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and other commercial facilities.

B Tokyo Tower 東京タワー

This 333-meter telecommunications tower has been a symbol of Tokyo since its opening in 1958. The observation decks offer excellent views of Mt. Fuji and the Tokyo cityscape. The tower’s seasonal lighting is also popular.

3Kabukiza Theatre歌舞伎座

Kabukiza upholds Japanese traditions and the spirit of kabuki in the environs of the modern and fashionable Ginza district. The theater is popular as a photo spot.

With a history stretching back more than 400 years, kabuki performances are characteristic of Japan. The first Kabukiza was built during the Meiji Era. The current theater, opened in 2013, is the world’s only dedicated kabuki theater, and is the perfect place to experience the beauty of this traditional art.

ACCESS

8 minutes from Shutoko No. 10 Harumi Line / Harumi Exit 1002

[TEL] 03-3545-6800 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) [ADDRESS] 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [HOURS & DAYS CLOSED] Varies according to performances [COST] Varies by seating [PARKING] 170 vehicles (8:00 to 22:00 300 yen/30 minutes, 22:00 to 8:00 100 yen/60 minutes

* The number shown after each Shutoko exit name (for example 1002) is the exit number.

MAP + VIEW POINT

A Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー

At 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower. The immediate area, called Tokyo Skytree Town, is home to sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and other commercial facilities.

B Tokyo Tower 東京タワー

This 333-meter telecommunications tower has been a symbol of Tokyo since its opening in 1958. The observation decks offer excellent views of Mt. Fuji and the Tokyo cityscape. The tower’s seasonal lighting is also popular.

4Sensoji Temple浅草寺

Rent a kimono to enhance your sightseeing around Shin Nakamise Shopping Street and Sensoji Kaminarimon!

The Kaminarimon gate’s impressive giant lantern is popular with tourists. Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest temple, founded in 628. There are many things to see in the temple, including the main hall and the five-storied pagoda. The many shops along the Nakamise-dori Shopping Street provide an excellent taste of Japan.

On the right of Kaminarimon Gate is a statue of the God of Wind, Fujin; on the left is a statue of the God of Thunder, Raijin. The gate’s official name, Furaijinmon, takes its name from these two gods.

ACCESS

10 minutes from Shutoko No. 6 Mukojima Line / Komagata Exit 605

[TEL] 03-3842-0181 [ADDRESS] 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [HOURS] 6:00 to 17:00 (6:30 October–March) [PARKING] Use nearby pay parking lots

* The number shown after each Shutoko exit name (for example 605) is the exit number.

MAP + VIEW POINT

A Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー

At 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower. The immediate area, called Tokyo Skytree Town, is home to sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and other commercial facilities.

B Tokyo Tower 東京タワー

This 333-meter telecommunications tower has been a symbol of Tokyo since its opening in 1958. The observation decks offer excellent views of Mt. Fuji and the Tokyo cityscape. The tower’s seasonal lighting is also popular.

Drive travel tips

How to RENT-A-CAR

Reservations
From Pick-up to Return

About Car navigation/ETC

Useful Services
Traffic Conditions Map

About Traffic Rules and Signs

Traffic Rules in Japan
Common traffic signs

Metropolitan Expressway traffic conditions map

Real-time traffic updates for the Metropolitan Expressway are available on the internet.

Night View Spot

TOKYO Night View Movie 01
TOKYO Night View Movie 02
YOKOHAMA Night View Movie 03
TOKYO Night View Movie 04

RENT-A-CAR

E-C Class
E-N Class
S-S Class

Recommended Prepaid SIM Service

Japan Welcome SIM is a useful prepaid SIM card officially provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC.

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