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Nakadaki Center is situated deep in the hilly, naturally forested countryside between Ichinomiya and Ohara on the Pacific Ocean side of the Boso Peninsula. Yet it is only 90 minutes by car or fast train from central Tokyo.

Close to unspoiled villages and excellent surf beaches(some used for national surf championships, others south of Ohara accessible only through secret tunnels and deserted even in mid-summer), it provides the ideal change of atmosphere for jaded Tokyoites. South-facing exposure helps to keep it warm in winter, while sea breezes keep the temperature down in summer.

We recommend the train service direct from Tokyo Station (both the Keiyo and Sobu lines) through to nearby Chojamachi Station, with one change at the nearby town of Ichinomiya. From rustic Chojamachi station it is a 30 minute stroll through attractive rice field countryside, past the historic Kumano Shrine and then to the centre with its large post and gate entrance.

For those in a hurry, leave the train at Icninomiya and take a taxi (5 minutes and 2,500 yen). Just ask for Nakadaki Sentaa. They know us.

For car drivers we recommend the route via Keiyo (or Wangan and then Keiyo) expressway, branching off to the left onto the Chiba-Togane toll road just beyond Chiba. From the Togane exit of that toll road go directly onto Route 126 for about four kilometres till you reach the entrance of the Togane-Kujukuri toll road (200 yen).

Just before that Togane-Kujukuri road hits Kujukuri beach you pass the toll booth for the Kujukuri toll road (410 yen). Immediately after the booth you turn right onto the Kujukuri toll road and follow the coast line for about 10-15 minutes.

Just beyond the exit to the Kujukuri toll road you come to a T-junction with a large convenience store parking area on the left. At the T-junction, turn left onto Route 30 in the sign-posted directions of Katsuura and Misaki. From there it is a further 15 minute drive down a road parallel with the coast, veering left at traffic lights at the end where the road merges into Highway 128.

A further five-ten minute drive down 128 brings you to a set of traffic lights just beyond the very broad Isumi River. This is the Ebado Crossing where the sign posts have you turning sharp right towards lsumi (Route 154).

Drive about one kilometer through the Chojamachi shopping area till you hit a T-junction where you turn left, across train lines, on the same 154 .

Nakadaki village is about four kilometers west of the Chojamachi T-junction, with the turnoff left to the Centre (sign-posted in Japanese) just opposite Yoshida Motors. You know you have gone too far when you see a sign pointing left saying Isumi, with a red bridge just beyond the sign.

Tolls for this route are around 1,600 yen for the Keiyo route(1,700 yen for the Wangan route), but is both fast (less than 90 minutes on a good day) and scenic.

To those who want to avoid tolls, leave the Keiyo at the Soga IC, take the Mobara road (Highway 14) through to Mobara and from there head southwards either along Highway 128 or more quickly on the difficult-to-find Kohiki Nodo.

The Aqualine ShortCut:

Two fast alternative routes to Tokyo, via the Aqualine:

1. via Routes 297 and 409 through Ushiku to the Aqualine, 2. via scenic Route 168, branching off 297 before Ushiku, and continuing on to the Aqualine.

Also route to Nakadaki via the Aqualine and scenic Route 168

Much of the fun in going to Nakadaki depends on being able to get back into Tokyo, quickly after the weekend. Normally we would recommend the Wangan or Keiyo Expressways for this purpose (see website for directions). But on a crowded early Sunday evening, or early Monday morning, one tends to want to avoid the Keiyo or Wangan, with their one hour traffic jams. (Of course, this is far less than what misguided people who choose Izu for their weekends have to suffer. But even so.)

True, and for reasons related to the strange Japanese mentality, the evening of the last day of a long weekend or holiday period sees both the Keiyo and Wangan very empty. Everyone gets caught in the rush to go back the day before, or early on the afternoon of the last day.

But even at good times, there is always the chance of an accident or road repairs causing trouble. For all these reasons, the Aqualine has to be a preferred alternative. especially for those with deadlines to get back into town._ (There are too few cars for accidents to occur, and the road is too new for repairs.) True, it costs a little more (about 1,300 yen) than the Wangan or Keiyo routes via Kujukuri. But the convenience is worth it.

To get to the Aqualine you have a choice. Route 168, branching off Highway 297, is of course the route of choice for those who want to enjoy scenery and hassle-free driving. Kyle Murphy describes it in detail below coming from the Aqualine.

However, for beginners going to and from the Aqualine via 168 is a bit tricky. The route through Ushiku is easier, and perhaps a little quicker, and more importantly feeds easily onto the little known Koiki Nodo route that takes one fairly directly to the Aqualine without having to pay the 550 yen charge imposed if you go via 168 and head directly for the Kita Kisarazu IC on the Tateyama Expressway.

One word of warning, however. Do not under any circs go through Ushiku on a crowded Sunday afternoon. You will be caught up for almost an hour at the wretched, unplanned intersection there off 297. Take route 168 instead.

THE AQUALINE ROUTE, VIA USHIKU, from Ohara or Nakadaki (by Greg Clark)

If going from Ohara:

Take Route 465 out of the town, beginning at the northern end of the town shotengai (main drag). In other words you do not start from the Ohara Route 128 bypass.

Set your distance meter at zero.

When distance meter says 6 K, you have reached Yamada crossing. Turn right, still on 465.

At 9 K you are at the Konodai crossing, leading into the little town of Kuniyoshi (Isumi). Veer left across the bridge, still on 465.

(If going from Nakadaki):

(Go out of the Nakadaki entrance, turn left down to the intersection at Yoshida’s garage and the mauve beauty salon (400 meters). Turn left here and go 300 meters to the sign-posted Isumi turnof. Go left again (do not go across the red bridge in front of you). You are on Route 154.

Go through the Kaya tunnel. Follow the road as it swings gradually to the left and on across a bridge till you reach the Konodai crossing.. At this point, set your distance meter at 9 kilometers and follow the directions for the route from Ohara.. You are on Route 465.)

Back on the route from Ohara, keep on 465, going directly across Kariya crossing (1O.3 K. from Ohara), Ono entrance (12.2 K.), Namekawa crossing (12.8 K.) and then to the Funako crossing (15.9 K.) just before the town of Otaki.

At the big Funako crossing, turn right off 465 and onto Highway 297 (sign says to Chiba, Ichihara) which allows you to bypass Otaki. (Those with time, however, are urged to drive into Otaki and then past the railway station and up to the museum in the castle that overlooks the town.)

Keep on 297, going across Yokoyama crossing (17.8 K), climb a steep winding hill, go on past the Route 148 Mutsuzawa turnoff to the right, past the Route 171 Tsukizaki turnoff to the left (27.2 K), past the Route 168 turnoff to the Takataki on the left (27.8 K) and on to the Yonezawa crossing at Ushiku (34.O K)

At Yonezawa crossing, turn sharp left onto Route 409 in the direction marked Kisarazu. This takes you immediately across rail tracks. After crossing the tracks, immediately veer right into the Ushiku shotengai, at the end of which is the Ushiku Sansaro intersection where you turn left (34.6 K), still on 409.

Stay on 409, through a hilly section till you come to the Takaya crossing (43.3 K). Go across, still on 409, then across the Santaka crossing (43.7 K) and onto the Sanga crossing (44.7 K)

At this point you can opt to stay on 409 and find your way through to the Kita Kisarazu IC on the Tateyama Expressway, and end up having to pay an extra 550 yen just to get to the Aqualine. A smarter move is to turn right onto the unnumbered, unmarked Koiki Nodo (wide area farm road) which heads north, straight as an arrow.

(For students of Japan, it is a road built from MAF slush funds, as distinct from Ministry of Transport budgets. That is why the Transport people refuse to recognise its existence with a number or a signpost. However, it also happens to be very convenient, especially for rural people in the district.)

The Koiki Nodo takes you on and on, seemingly forever, under the Tateyama Expressway (48.9 K), and at 53.2 K you will find yourself going around a very large S bend.

At 53.9 K you reach the big Kanno crossing on the busy Highway 16. Go straight across highway 16 (here the Koiki Nodo magically turns into Route 143).

After two more traffic lights you find yourself at the Sodegaura City Office turnoff (55.O K) where you turn left onto Route 87. (For cars coming from the opposite direction, the sign to turn right at the crossing says Route 143, Umadate)

Stay on 87 to the Takayanagi crossing (56.7 K) where you turn right onto the road that runs parallel to the Expressway above you.

Stay on this road as it swings from one side of the Expressway to the other till you reach the Aqualine entrance toll booths (59.6 K).

You have reached your destination.

From the other side of the Aqualine bridge and tunnel (about 15 minutes drive, unless you stop over at the Umihotaru complex for food or a drink or the view across Tokyo Bay) you are led directly onto the Wangan heading either towards Yokohama or Tokyo. This road can sometimes be jammed in the Tokyo direction from just north of Haneda.

If jammed, one choice is to get off at Haneda and make your way into Tokyo via back streets, or Highway 1.


A word of advice to anyone wanting to drive back to Tokyo on a Sunday evening, especially in summer. Both the Wangan and Keio expressways get badly congested. Trip times can easily exceed three hours.

Using the Aqua Line is the obvious alternative, since it is deserted even at peak times and the 3,000 yen toll is not all that much more than what you pay on the other routes. But there is one problem — a vicious intersection at Ushiku where highway 297 running up from Otaki meets highway 409 running east west from Mobara to Kisarazu. Traffic can be badly delayed at peak times. Highway 409 from Ushiku across to the Aqua Line is also fairly ugly.

The neat way to avoid all this trouble is to look out for the left turn onto highway 168 as you drive up 297. It is just beyond the traffic lights turnoff for 171, and a few miles south of Ushiku.

Route 168 takes you through nice countryside to a collection of lakes. Drive straight across the two bridges and a railway line to the other side of the lakes where 168 swings due left with a sign for Kisarazu. From there it is more driving through attractive rural country till you hit the north-south Kamogawa road on the other side of the peninsula. That road will take you to the far end of 409 and then on to the Aqua Line if you like, but we suggest driving across that Kamogawa road to hit 409 further down and closer to the Aqua Line.

If you leave 409 to get onto the Tateyama Highway and then on to the entrance expressway for the Aqua Line it will cost an extra 550 yen. Or you can stay on 409 and take the road directly under the entrance expressway for free. Either way total time from Nakadaki should not be much more than one hour. Allow 15 minutes for the Aqua Line and you should be back in Tokyo in little over 90 minutes.

The alternative route to Nakadaki via the Aqualine and route 168: (also by Kyle Murphy, with amendments by GC)

Get on Shuto go across Bay Bridge and go towards Haneda (700 yen)

Go through the Aqua Line Tunnel (3,000 yen)

On the other side you follow the Expressway and it will come to a "T" junction with the Tateyama Expressway. You want to go towards Chiba. And NOT towards Tateyama.

Get off at the first exit (Kita Kisarazu after you get on the Tateyama Expressway. 550 yen, and 11.1 K from the Aqualine toll booths). (Note: You can avoid that toll by getting off the expressway at the Aqualine toll booths and driving under the expressway till you come to route 409 going off to the left.)

After you go through the Kita Kisarazu toll booth the road comes immediately to a "T" junction with a stoplight. You want to go to the right. The sign there says Routes 409 and 410 in the direction of Mobara,Kamogawa, and 33 in the direction of Academia Kazuza.

About 300 meters further on there is another stoplight at the Takinoguchi crossing (11.7 K.). The signboard says Mobara,Kuriri to the left in the direction of Route 409, with Route 33 lying straight ahead. If you turn left it will take you the Nakagawabashi crossing (12..0 K). Turn right over the river onto Route 409. Keep following the signs for 409, and it will take you through a messy, and at times crowded, shopping center.

(At Takinoguchi crossing, you can also go straight on Rte 33. Follow this road for about 1-2 km and you will see a corner where you can follow 33 either to the right (sort of straight) or to the left. TURN LEFT and follow the road and it will come out on 409. The reason to do this is less stoplights, wider road and less traffic. Note by Greg Clark: The only drawback is that people have been lost for hours on this bypass route)

Once you are back on 409, follow the road for about 1-2 km beyond the messy shopping center and eventually it will try to have you cross a set of railroad tracks. Do not cross the RR tracks. At that point (14.9 K) you will see a sign that indicates Kuriri and Rte 167 (sign is overhead) veering off to the right. Go straight on this road. Eventually it will cross the Railroad.

Just beyond that crossing you will come up to Rte 410 (17.8 Ks from your Aqualine starting point) at a crossing called Mariyatsu. The sign in front of the crossing will indicate that for Rte 168 you should turn right onto RTe410, go about a short distance and turn left to get onto 168. Do not do this.

Instead, go straight across Rte 410 and follow the road in front of you. After a few hundred more meters it will merge into RTe 168 anyway. There is a school on the left at the point where they merge.

Follow Rte 168 through the hills and vales. Sometimes it gets very narrow but it goes through all the same. At 22.0 K you come to a fork, with a sign saying Ushiku on the left and Takataki on the right. Go right.

At 24.2 K the road will come to come to a point where you have the option of going straight (this would seem to be the intuitive way but is incorrect) Turn left. The road is wide at this point. Overhead is a sign indicating that if you go straight it will take you to a camping ground, and if you go left (the correct way) you will go to Takataki.

Keep going straight in the Takataki direction on Rte 168. It will come to broad valley with a large Lake (reservoir actually). At this point (28.0 K) there is a "T" junction. Turn to the right in the signposted direction of Chiba,Yorokeikoku, and follow the road. You will come to a stoplight (28.5 K) where you go straight in the sign-posted direction of Tsurumai. Just a few hundred meters beyond there is a railroad crossing. Go across and up and over the hill. At the foot of the hill on the other side you will again hit the lake (or its cousin). At that corner is a temple on the left and an excellent soba shop is on the right. You can park in front or back. The sansai soba and agetempura (with little shrimp) is to die for.

After the refreshments keep going straight on Rte 168, through another signpost saying Tsurumai (29.8 K). Beyond here the road is narrow but the views are spectacular. Eventually the road will come out on a non-signposted Rte 297 (32.5 K). Here turn to the right.

(The reason for taking 168 is to avoid a very uninteresting 409 and an ugly long delay intersection in a depressing little berg called Ushiku.)

You will follow Rte 297 for a fairly good length of time. It will come into an area (I hesitate to call it a city) called Otaki (for directions just do the reverse of GC’s Ohara-Nakadaki route to the Aqualine above). There is a shopping center with a Gusto, MacDonalds, pachinko Palors etc. This is important because just beyond the Gusto's is an intersection where Rte 465 crosses 297. AT THIS POINT TURN LEFT onto 465. Follow this road for about 8kms. It will cross a river and just beyond there is an intersection with Rte 154 coming in from the left. TURN LEFT ONTO RTE 154. From here it is about 3 kms to Nakadaki, the promised land.

(Note by GC: For further details see the Ohara-Nakadaki route to Aqualine, and just do everything in reverse.)

You will go through a tunnel (Kaya,) with the river you just crossed over to your left. Eventually, the road will come to a strange little corner and you will follow around to the right. (If you were to turn left you would recross the river on a red bridge).

From that strange little corner it is about 300 yards to the Nakadaki Center turnoff, marked by a purple beauty house on the right and a car repair shop on the left. Turn right, and the center is another 400 yards further on.

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