Umihotaru was built in 1997 on an artificial island designed to structurally support the transitional point of the underground tunnel from Kanagawa and the bridge from Chiba. The tunnel section has been highly praised for its advanced engineering and it was ranked fourth place in CNN Travel’s “10 of the world’s greatest tunnels” in 2016.

Umihotaru means sea firefly in Japanese. The actual sea firefly is a kind of crustacean which glows at night in the sea. Just like its namesake, the island brilliantly illuminates the Tokyo Bay area at night as well.

In this article, we’ll be exploring the many shops, restaurants, and facilities of Umihotaru.


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