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Yamate Tunnel Walk

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Blue and red color coding helping drivers remember which way to go.

Blue and red color coding helping drivers remember which way to go.

Left (blue) for the Tomei Highway, right (red) for the Inner City Highway route. These colors were also followed through on the road below to help drivers steer their course.

Left (blue) for the Tomei Highway, right (red) for the Inner City Highway route. These colors were also followed through on the road below to help drivers steer their course.

It was raining outside, but inside the tunnel the weather was fine and quite warm.

It was raining outside, but inside the tunnel the weather was fine and quite warm.

At ground level the road looked really clean.

At ground level the road looked really clean.

Inside the tunnel it looked as if Disneyland had been set up.

Inside the tunnel it looked as if Disneyland had been set up.

Looking back down the Yamate Tunnel towards the entrance.

Looking back down the Yamate Tunnel towards the entrance.

Some of the illuminated archways people could walk through.

Some of the illuminated archways people could walk through.

The colors on the arches changed every few seconds.

The colors on the arches changed every few seconds.

A display of lights also was shown on the roof of the tunnel.

A display of lights also was shown on the roof of the tunnel.

Inside the tunnel it seemed like a Christmas illumination show at times.

Inside the tunnel it seemed like a Christmas illumination show at times.

Plenty of people were taking a look at the many rescue trucks on display.

Plenty of people were taking a look at the many rescue trucks on display.

There were various demonstrations being given. This one was showing people how to use the tunnels manual fire hose systems.

There were various demonstrations being given. This one was showing people how to use the tunnels manual fire hose systems.

As the tunnel curves around it gets quite wide.

As the tunnel curves around it gets quite wide.

The sliding fire escape door which leads to the emergency stairs.

The sliding fire escape door which leads to the emergency stairs.

Bumped in to @lhuga and her crew whilst in the tunnel.

Bumped in to @lhuga and her crew whilst in the tunnel.

The tunnel splits between heading for the Tomei Highway and the Inner City Highway.

The tunnel splits between heading for the Tomei Highway and the Inner City Highway.

Up ahead you can see the existing highway where the tunnel traffic can merge onto.

Up ahead you can see the existing highway where the tunnel traffic can merge onto.

A good opportunity here for people to get a souvenir photo in front of the official sign.

A good opportunity here for people to get a souvenir photo in front of the official sign.

Looks like we have a broken down vehicle in the left lane here.

Looks like we have a broken down vehicle in the left lane here.

Nice large crash barrier looking very clean. Lets hope no one needs to use this.

Nice large crash barrier looking very clean. Lets hope no one needs to use this.

Getting the chance to ride in the fire truck had many people lining up. This was probably the most popular attraction.

Getting the chance to ride in the fire truck had many people lining up. This was probably the most popular attraction.

Let's hope that not too many people need the fire truck called out to them when they are in the tunnel.

Let's hope that not too many people need the fire truck called out to them when they are in the tunnel.

A few uniforms waiting for the next group to try them on.

A few uniforms waiting for the next group to try them on.

Displays by the fire crew allowed you to sit in the fire truck and also try on some of their protective clothing.

Displays by the fire crew allowed you to sit in the fire truck and also try on some of their protective clothing.

Fire Chief at your service.

Fire Chief at your service.

Ambulance on standby

Ambulance on standby

The Love Tokyo sticker on this fire truck looks great.

The Love Tokyo sticker on this fire truck looks great.

One of the many patrol cars.

One of the many patrol cars.

This Mazda 8 police car was getting quite a lot of attention by people.

This Mazda 8 police car was getting quite a lot of attention by people.

A police bike gets checked out.

A police bike gets checked out.

The Tokyo Smart Driver sticker looks good here.

The Tokyo Smart Driver sticker looks good here.

The Tokyo Rescue logo on the fire and rescue truck.

The Tokyo Rescue logo on the fire and rescue truck.

These bikes are special patrol bikes for checking close up what is happening on the route. These are not police opearted by the police but by the Highway company.

These bikes are special patrol bikes for checking close up what is happening on the route. These are not police opearted by the police but by the Highway company.

A very colorful display set up in the middle of the tunnel.

A very colorful display set up in the middle of the tunnel.

Walking back down the tunnel passing through the illuminations.

Walking back down the tunnel passing through the illuminations.

There was a video racing game set up for the kids with the screen projected on to the tunnel wall. The sound of the racing cars echoed through the tunnel which was a nice effect.

There was a video racing game set up for the kids with the screen projected on to the tunnel wall. The sound of the racing cars echoed through the tunnel which was a nice effect.

The 3km walking course set up inside the tunnel.

The 3km walking course set up inside the tunnel.

Mr ETC made an appearance in plastic form. I hadn't seen this character before except on TV.

Mr ETC made an appearance in plastic form. I hadn't seen this character before except on TV.

Lots of photos being taken of this Highway character. Not sure why he has the mask on. Maybe to cut down on the exhaust fumes?

Lots of photos being taken of this Highway character. Not sure why he has the mask on. Maybe to cut down on the exhaust fumes?

A closer look at the Highway character. Like his hat.

A closer look at the Highway character. Like his hat.

Nice clear signs above and color coded markings on the road make it easy for drivers to see which lane they should be in at an early stage.

Nice clear signs above and color coded markings on the road make it easy for drivers to see which lane they should be in at an early stage.

Some of the pictures taken during the construction phase had been projected onto the tunnel wall in black and white. Nice effect.

Some of the pictures taken during the construction phase had been projected onto the tunnel wall in black and white. Nice effect.

The construction calendar shows the progress points for the Ohashi Junction work.

The construction calendar shows the progress points for the Ohashi Junction work.

A scale model of the Ohashi Junction and highway.

A scale model of the Ohashi Junction and highway.

A closer look at the calendar showing construction progress, including some pictures of the various stages completed.

A closer look at the calendar showing construction progress, including some pictures of the various stages completed.

Displays on the tunnel wall showed what type of equipment had been used to help construct the tunnel. This picture shows the large cutting shield machine, which weighs the equivalent of 11 jumbo jets!

Displays on the tunnel wall showed what type of equipment had been used to help construct the tunnel. This picture shows the large cutting shield machine, which weighs the equivalent of 11 jumbo jets!

One of the components that make up the huge cutting machine which carved the tunnel.

One of the components that make up the huge cutting machine which carved the tunnel.

A few folks getting a closer look at the cutting machine.

A few folks getting a closer look at the cutting machine.

A school orchestra provided some music and entertainment inside the tunnel during the day.

A school orchestra provided some music and entertainment inside the tunnel during the day.

The children's orchestra gets ready to play. The Omedeto sign is missing a character in the middle. Also, I thought it was o-me-de-to-u, not o-me-de-to-o, but then realised that these signs are printed on both sides for people to read walking in both directions.

The children's orchestra gets ready to play. The Omedeto sign is missing a character in the middle. Also, I thought it was o-me-de-to-u, not o-me-de-to-o, but then realised that these signs are printed on both sides for people to read walking in both directions.

One of the many sensors in the tunnel to look for any sign of trouble.

One of the many sensors in the tunnel to look for any sign of trouble.

The cable and box running to the machine that checks for the sign of any changes in the tunnels structure.

The cable and box running to the machine that checks for the sign of any changes in the tunnels structure.

The tunnel looks a little narrow here, but once you get further down it widens out quite a bit.

The tunnel looks a little narrow here, but once you get further down it widens out quite a bit.

These devices help to send back signals showing whether the road is crowded or not. That information is then used in the VICS road reports which can tell you in advance whether to take a different route.

These devices help to send back signals showing whether the road is crowded or not. That information is then used in the VICS road reports which can tell you in advance whether to take a different route.

Breakdowns can be called in from these phones that are places along the way.

Breakdowns can be called in from these phones that are places along the way.

Can you make out what kanji sign I have the camera sitting on top of?

Can you make out what kanji sign I have the camera sitting on top of?

SOS calls can be made through this phone.

SOS calls can be made through this phone.

Plate marks are set along the route, Shibuya A - 28

Plate marks are set along the route, Shibuya A - 28

Loads of red on display and a few face masks in the crowd as well.

Loads of red on display and a few face masks in the crowd as well.

Just another day walking to school through the Yamate Tunnel. Well for today only :)

Just another day walking to school through the Yamate Tunnel. Well for today only :)

At times the traffic in the tunnel was getting quite crowded just with pedestrians. Once the cars roll threw it will be a different scene.

At times the traffic in the tunnel was getting quite crowded just with pedestrians. Once the cars roll threw it will be a different scene.

Everyone was keeping to the main asphalt track and not crashing in to the cones or wall.

Everyone was keeping to the main asphalt track and not crashing in to the cones or wall.

Recognize anyone in the photo here. Strange who you bump into in the Tokyo tunnels.

Recognize anyone in the photo here. Strange who you bump into in the Tokyo tunnels.

I liked the image of the child running down the road while everyone else is getting into their lane.

I liked the image of the child running down the road while everyone else is getting into their lane.

A very clear sign here.

A very clear sign here.

A little bit of traffic crossing the sign. Straighten up guys!

A little bit of traffic crossing the sign. Straighten up guys!

Looks like no one noticed the direction of the arrow.

Looks like these guys didn't notice the direction of the arrow.

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Tokyo Photo Walk 2

Nice contrasts of the dark shadows over the bridge to the sunlight on these apartments. Also, the feel of a coolish winter day in the shade with the cyclist and children walking

Nice contrasts of the dark shadows over the bridge to the sunlight on these apartments. Also, the feel of a coolish winter day in the shade with the cyclist and children walking

It was a great sunny day on “Sunday” with blue skies in Tokyo and I decided to take a walk from Shinagawa Station towards Tennozu Isle (where the monorail runs to Haneda Airport).

A look across the water to the T.Y Brewery and restaurant.

A look across the water to the T.Y Brewery and restaurant.

Bright pink bus taking people to the Aeon Jusco store at Shinagawa Seaside.

Bright pink bus taking people to the Aeon Jusco store at Shinagawa Seaside.

You can see the Rakusuibashi with its lime green color as well as an interesting mix of buildings in the background. Some old, some new, some apartments, some business.

You can see the Rakusuibashi with its lime green color as well as an interesting mix of buildings in the background. Some old, some new, some apartments, some business.

Very colorful manhole cover courtesy of the fire department.

Very colorful manhole cover courtesy of the fire department.

Looking South towards Haneda and Yokohama.

Looking South towards Haneda and Yokohama.

T.Y. Harbor Brewery. A great place to eat and drink.

T.Y. Harbor Brewery. A great place to eat and drink.

The equipment on the barge had some really bright colors. The contrast of the rusty looking barge was great.

The equipment on the barge had some really bright colors. The contrast of the rusty looking barge was great.

Buildings crowded in on either side of the water.

Buildings crowded in on either side of the water.

These steel pipes with concrete wheels were in the water. I am not sure what they were used for, but they shone well in the sunlight when I took this photo. The water took on a very deep blue color and the reflection of the building in the top right was fantastic.

These steel pipes with concrete wheels were in the water. I am not sure what they were used for, but they shone well in the sunlight when I took this photo. The water took on a very deep blue color and the reflection of the building in the top right was fantastic.

Another look at the steel and concrete objects in the water. I couldn't lean far enough over the rail to get the exact view I wanted. Kept thinking I was going to drop the camera in the water.

Another look at the steel and concrete objects in the water. I couldn't lean far enough over the rail to get the exact view I wanted. Kept thinking I was going to drop the camera in the water.

Lots of people out walking their dogs in this area. If you have a dog in Japan you can expect complete strangers to come up and be very friendly talking to you. It is probably one of the best ways to get to know people in your neighborhood. A great conversation opener.

Lots of people out walking their dogs in this area. If you have a dog in Japan you can expect complete strangers to come up and be very friendly talking to you. It is probably one of the best ways to get to know people in your neighborhood. A great conversation opener.

Liked these wavy lines in the park next to the water. Very warm and inviting.

Liked these wavy lines in the park next to the water. Very warm and inviting.

Some colorful boats tethered to the barge, ready for some time of work in the area.

Some colorful boats tethered to the barge, ready for some time of work in the area.

Colorful outfits on these dogs helping them to keep warm.

Colorful outfits on these dogs helping them to keep warm.

The Fureai Bridge, about to cross over from Shinagawa to Tennozu Isle.

The Fureai Bridge, about to cross over from Shinagawa to Tennozu Isle.

The baseball game just about to finish up, both teams say thanks to the coaches and umpires.

The baseball game just about to finish up, both teams say thanks to the coaches and umpires.

North, South, East or West.

North, South, East or West.

The gates open here to let boats in, but can be shut in case of flood or tidal warnings to protect the inner waterways of Tokyo.

The gates open here to let boats in, but can be shut in case of flood or tidal warnings to protect the inner waterways of Tokyo.

Not a big fan of this architecture at the Shinagawa City Towers building. This complex is quite new, but is far from the station.

Not a big fan of this architecture at the Shinagawa City Towers building. This complex is quite new, but is far from the station.

Bird of Shinagawa-ku, Yurikamome.

Bird of Shinagawa-ku, Yurikamome.

The Fureai Bridge. We have now crossed to Tennozu Isle.

The Fureai Bridge. We have now crossed to Tennozu Isle.

The address post outside the T.Y. Brewery. In Japan addresses normally are stated in blocks of land. This address is in the Shinagawa Ward (Shinagawa-ku) and is East Shinagawa, 2-chome, 1-ban

The address post outside the T.Y. Brewery. In Japan addresses normally are stated in blocks of land. This address is in the Shinagawa Ward (Shinagawa-ku) and is East Shinagawa, 2-chome, 1-ban

Restaurant and Floating Bar at the T.Y. Brewery, Tennozu Isle.

Restaurant and Floating Bar at the T.Y. Brewery, Tennozu Isle.

Looking back towards Shinagawa from Tennozu Isle, you can see the main SONY building.

Looking back towards Shinagawa from Tennozu Isle, you can see the main SONY building.

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Through the Tokyo Photo Walk series I plan to venture out and discover new areas of town in 2010. I am going to call the recent walk through Gotenyama, the first in the series and this one is then number 2. By the end of the year hopefully we can have a number of interesting walks together to look back on.

Rather than picking the well known famous spots, I am planning to just take photos of the places I go to and show you what I am viewing. Sometimes that might mean you get to see a landmark like Tokyo Tower or Ginza main street, other times it might be the back roads of town somewhere. Hope you enjoy ^_^.

What is your favorite Tokyo walking area?

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Gotenyama Walk

On the platform of the Shonan Shinjuku Liner, Rinkai Line and Saikyo Line at Shibuya Station. The platform for the Yamanote Line is further up in the distance.

On the platform of the Shonan Shinjuku Liner, Rinkai Line and Saikyo Line at Shibuya Station. The platform for the Yamanote Line is further up in the distance.

After being delayed by the Yamanote Line stopping last week, after the Shibuya Streets photo shoot, I decided to catch the train to Osaki and then walk to my destination of Shinagawa. The walk was mainly through Gotenyama, which you can see more of in the following photos.

Getting off at Osaki to walk towards Shinagawa. With the Station on my left, the road here goes dips down under this walkway. Nice and close, big city feel.

Getting off at Osaki to walk towards Shinagawa. With the Station on my left, the road here goes dips down under this walkway. Nice and close, big city feel.

They had some interesting spinning balls on the walkway. Cool feature. I didn't see anyone else stop to take a look at them.

They had some interesting spinning balls on the walkway. Cool feature. I didn't see anyone else stop to take a look at them.

I like the view of the buildings through the trees over the water. My eye blurred the tree out a bit more than the camera. I wonder what f/ stop my eye was set on?

I like the view of the buildings through the trees over the water. My eye blurred the tree out a bit more than the camera. I wonder what f/ stop my eye was set on?

There are still quite a few old factories and buildings in the Osaki area. There were a few printing and dye companies around.

There are still quite a few old factories and buildings in the Osaki area. There were a few printing and dye companies around.

A mix of companies, factories and apartments all in the same area.

A mix of companies, factories and apartments all in the same area.

This Post Office looked really tiny. I wonder what the history behind its placement here was.

This Post Office looked really tiny. I wonder what the history behind its placement here was.

The Gotenyama Kindergarten celebrating its 52nd set of graduates.

The Gotenyama Kindergarten celebrating its 52nd set of graduates.

The walk bridge to cross over the main road - Gotenyama walkbridge.

The walk bridge to cross over the main road - Gotenyama walkbridge.

A bit of construction going on here. Looks like a big project.

A bit of construction going on here. Looks like a big project.

The construction cuts through this small road. The houses at the top of this street look quite expensive.

The construction cuts through this small road. The houses at the top of this street look quite expensive.

A better look at the construction site. Lots of machinery at work in amongst the manual labor.

A better look at the construction site. Lots of machinery at work in amongst the manual labor.

I turned around to take a break and see where I had come from here. It is always easy to find a tall building that you passed and then work out where you have come from.

I turned around to take a break and see where I had come from here. It is always easy to find a tall building that you passed and then work out where you have come from.

Almost went passed this building without realizing it was the home of the Japan Hula Association.

Almost went passed this building without realizing it was the home of the Japan Hula Association.

A policebox (koban) tucked into the corner of the street. It has quite a bit of charm about it.

A policebox (koban) tucked into the corner of the street. It has quite a bit of charm about it.

Mitsubishi Kaitoukaku, the old Iwasaki Estate. Lots of land, lots of history and only accessible if you ware a member of the Mitsubishi exclusive club.

Mitsubishi Kaitoukaku, the old Iwasaki Estate. Lots of land, lots of history and only accessible if you ware a member of the Mitsubishi exclusive club.

Have a look at this photo from the air to see what is behind the gates.

Very nice wall here that runs around the Mitsubishi Kaitoukaku Estate.

Very nice wall here that runs around the Mitsubishi Kaitoukaku Estate.

Looking back towards Shinagawa down the Dai Ichi Keihin road.

Looking back towards Shinagawa down the Dai Ichi Keihin road.

The road on the left cuts back under the one on the right. You can see the Gotenyama Trust Towers in the background as well.

The road on the left cuts back under the one on the right. You can see the Gotenyama Trust Towers in the background as well.

A Keihin train passing over the bridge.

A Keihin train passing over the bridge.

The old Tokaido Route passed through here.

The old Tokaido Route passed through here.

Walking the bridge of the old Tokaido Route.

Walking the bridge of the old Tokaido Route.

A quick glimpse of the Keihin Tohoku Line under the bridge. Lots of rails here. Busy area for trains.

A quick glimpse of the Keihin Tohoku Line under the bridge. Lots of rails here. Busy area for trains.

The Keihin Kyuko Line passes a level crossing as it heads towards Shinagawa Station.

The Keihin Kyuko Line passes a level crossing as it heads towards Shinagawa Station.

The people seem to get very close to the train. I preferred to stand back a bit.

The people seem to get very close to the train. I preferred to stand back a bit.

Keihin Kyuko leaving Shinagwa on its way South.

Keihin Kyuko leaving Shinagwa on its way South.

You can just see the Shinkansen passing through this area right next to the building on the left.

You can just see the Shinkansen passing through this area right next to the building on the left.

A look out across the railway lines back towards Shinagawa Station and the Takanawa Prince Hotel.

A look out across the railway lines back towards Shinagawa Station and the Takanawa Prince Hotel.

Do you like to get out and take a walk, or are you more likely to be on the look out for the nearest taxi?

The Rainbow Bridge looking back at Tokyo from Aqua City, Odaiba.

Odaiba Walk

The Rainbow Bridge looking back at Tokyo from Aqua City, Odaiba.

The Rainbow Bridge looking back at Tokyo from Aqua City, Odaiba.

I went for a short walk on Christmas Day to Odaiba. It was pretty busy and I didn’t take the camera out much, but here are a few snaps I took along the way.

Venus Fort has changed itself into Tokyo's first outlet shopping mall. With the easy train access it should be a popular destination for shoppers.

Venus Fort has changed itself into Tokyo's first outlet shopping mall. With the easy train access it should be a popular destination for shoppers.

Venus Fort looks busy today. Must be the sales at the new outlet stores that are attracting the crowds.

Venus Fort looks busy today. Must be the sales at the new outlet stores that are attracting the crowds.

The rear view of the Fuji Television building. Almost became the LiveDoor Fuji TV building when Horie-san tried to buy the company a few years ago. What do you think of Internet companies trying to buy media outlets? The AOL / TimeWarner deal didn't seem to go so well. Do you think Google or Facebook could buy a large TV station? What might they gain by doing so?

Couples and families out taking in the view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.

Couples and families out taking in the view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.

A boat makes its way peacefully through the water approaching the terminal at Odaiba.

A boat makes its way peacefully through the water approaching the terminal at Odaiba.

Odaiba has its own mini Statue of Liberty. I think this was donated by France, after originally loaning Tokyo one of the originals. Can't remember the full story on this.

Odaiba has its own mini Statue of Liberty. I think this was donated by France, after originally loaning Tokyo one of the originals. Can't remember the full story on this.

Two of the apartment buildings built back when Odaiba was set to be host a World Expo. A change of Tokyo local government canceled the Expo and the Odaiba area has slowly been trying to build up clientele ever since.

Two of the apartment buildings built back when Odaiba was set to be host a World Expo. A change of Tokyo local government canceled the Expo and the Odaiba area has slowly been trying to build up clientele ever since.

Joypolis game center and fun park, one of the big attractions at Odaiba.

Joypolis game center and fun park, one of the big attractions at Odaiba.

Solar Bear sheds a tear for the environment.

Solar Bear sheds a tear for the environment.

Street theater and show time. Fun for all.

Street theater and show time. Fun for all.