Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Like a beautiful string of pearls:
The world's longest suspension bridge.
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the world's largest suspension bridge, linking the Hyogo Prefecture city of Kobe on Honshu with Awaji Island, the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea. Spanning a total length of 3,911 m, its main towers reach a height of about 300 m above sea level, making it taller than any other structure in Japan, apart from Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower. Running across the bridge is the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway, which has a total of six lanes (three in each direction); thus, together with the Onaruto Bridge on the Shikoku side, the bridge is a key structure linking Honshu with Shikoku.
More than 1,000 lights are attached to the main cables, and are lit up in a variety of colors, according to the season or the time of year. These give the Akashi Strait a truly romantic atmosphere. As the bridge resembles a beautiful string of pearls, it is also called the Pearl Bridge.
Guided tours called Akashi Kaikyo Bridge-Bridge World are offered for those who want to climb the bridge, on which participants can discover the hidden technologies and history of the bridge, while traversing the maintenance pathway that is usually closed to the public; upon reaching the top of the tower, about 300 above the sea, you'll be able to enjoy a superb 360° panoramic view.
Accredited by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest suspension bridge ever since its opening in 1998, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge's crown seems safe for some time to come.
Address: Higashi-Maiko Town,, Tarumi-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo
Directions: (Train) 1 minute from Maiko Station on the JR Kobe Line (40 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station). (Car) 10 minutes from Tarumi Interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway.