Another roadtrip travel post today. Not the one on kyoto/nagoya [though i will write more soon] but the 2nd roadtrip i went on with my sister, brother in law and husband. We went to Ito Shizuoka.
Whilst there..we dropped by a “Road Station”. Those familiar with my blog would have read my previous posts about SA/PA [Service Areas/ Parking Areas] which are rest tops aka truck stops on the expressway. However there are also stops of interest along certain normal roads [which are frequented by those travelling] They are known as “Road Stations”
Ito Marine Town Road Station
Ito Marine Town Road Station is one of the bigger road stations [Sized like an SA]. Some road stations are very small. [like a PA]
This particular road station was ranked No.2 on the Kanto Area Road Station Ranking done by one of my fave shows [smaStation] on the 20th November 2010.
Since the weather was so good that day, the view was FANTASTIC
Btw seagulls were chasing us as some people on board the cruise were throwing prawn crackers to feed them XD
The cruise ride takes around 45mins and is very informative [sorry japanese only] It was very windy that day so the ride was jerky at times but i had a good time!
We love our souvenirs and local delights/snacks XD
If you live in Japan, many of these places are happy to organise delivery of the items to your home via courier. So you dont have to lug it home. Good if you are travelling light or your car is really full or you want to send it to a relative living somewhere else in Japan.
Its quite a busy road station
All in all, i thought it was a really nice place! Excellent place to stretch your legs if you have been driving for a while.
The good thing about a road station..is that unlike a SA/PA which is located on the toll highway..you can actually visit it even if you dont drive! For example, this road station has buses running from Ito Station daily!
If you wish to visit, here is the website http://www.ito-marinetown.co.jp/
Hope everyone has a great week ahead
p.s i had a bit of time off lately so i started sewing again. i had some items for sale last friday but i am sold out now. if u missed it, i am doing a big update this week. my sale blog is here http://tezaiku.blogspot.com/
p.p.s i have been getting a lot of comments from you guys asking if the old posts will be available soon. yes they will be. To avoid trolls, they will only be available to approved registered users. Will post about it soon!!