When you rent a car and run an expressway, there are Service Areas (SA) and Parking Areas (PA) in Japan where you can take a rest. Facilities and sizes vary among them but usually Service Areas (SA) have restaurants, stores, food stands, a gasoline stand, and toilets. Parking Areas (PA) generally only have toilets and some vending machines.
This page would be a brief report of Ebina Service Area, one of the biggest SAs in Japan!
1) Where is Ebina Service Area?
Ebina Service Area is located at Ebina city in Kanagawa prefecture which is right next to Tokyo. Its official name is EXPASA Ebina and located on the Tomei Expressway that connects Tokyo and Nagoya. When you would like to visit Tokyo from the western Japan such as Osaka and Kyoto, you will definitely pass through this Ebina SA. Many expressway buses also take a rest at this Ebina Service Area. (If you’re taking an overnight bus, please note that most of the stores are closed at night…)
2) Ebina Service Area’s size is Japan’s largest!
Ebina SA is very famous for its size and variety of stores that is often introduced by Japanese media. It is known as one of the sightseeing spots in Japan as well. The total number of visiting people for both inbound and outbound lanes is 60,000 on average. It has more than 50 stores always crowded with lots of people! Please be careful of taking too much rest when you only want to take a little rest!
How do you think about Ebina Service Area? Ebina SA has various attractions that make expressways more enjoyable. We introduced only some of the stores at inbound lane but both inbound and outbound lanes have more and more recommendable stores like melon shaped bun, Takoyaki, and curry bread…!
If you have a chance to drive or use expressways, please visit Ebina SA!