Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is a
suspension bridge for cars, and is located about 18 km west of central
The position is near the west end of Kobe city, and is located about 5 km east of central Akashi city.
It is over Akashi Channel ("Akashi-kaikyo" in Japanese) between the
main land and Awaji Island.
It was completed in 1998.
The total length is 3,911 meters, and the distance between two suspension bridge towers is 1,991 meters.
Both are the longest lengths in the world, as a suspension bridge.
The height of the suspension bridge towers is about 298 meters.
The original plan was to construct the bridge with the length of 3,910
But the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 occured during construction. The epicenter was right below this bridge.
The earthquake moved the grounds around this area, then the length between the main land and Awaji Island had gotten about 1 meter longer.
So the length became 3,911 meters.
The road on this bridge is Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway.
It is the main route connecting Kansai district and Shikoku Island.
There is Maiko Park to see the bridge, Akashi Channel and Awaji Island along the coast.
There is "Maiko Kaijo Promenade" under the bridge.
It is the walk way with observatory setting up 47 meters above the sea. We can visit the position over the sea about 150 meters off the coast.
Near the bridge, there is "Bridge Museum".
It introduces the technology of construction of huge bridge.
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the national holiday, "Bridge
World" is held.
It is the guided tour to climb the top of a suspension bridge tower.
The fee is 3,000 yen, and advanced reservations required.
The start is 9:30 and 13:30 (twice a day), and one tour takes about 2.5 hours.
Bridge Expressway Company Limited officila website
Bridge World : In the page of above website
Get off at Maiko station on JR
San'yo Line or Maiko-koen station on San'yo Dentetsu Line.
By local train of JR, about 20 minutes from San'nomiya.
By limited express on San'yo Dentetsu Line, about 21 minutes from Kosoku-Kobe.
All express buses from Osaka, Shin-Kobe, San'nomiya to Naruto, Tokushima, Takamatsu in Shikoku Island run on this bridge.