Akashi Kaikyo Bridge – Hyogo | Travel Information

Akashi Kaikyo bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge, located just outside of Kobe city in the city of Akaishi. It spans nearly 4km across the Akashi straight, connecting mainland Japan, to the small island of Awaji, which splits the Harima-nada Sea, and the Osaka Bay. Before it was built, and opened to the public, Ferries or other boats, were the only way of reaching the cities and towns on Awaji Island. However, now, the Akashi Kaikyo makes traveling the strait, easy!

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

 The Great Hanshin Earthquake on 1995 greatly affected the construction stage, as it extended the distance between the main supporting towers, by 1m. Although this doesn’t sound significant, but think of it as an entire area or massive island, pulling apart one meter – and think of how much weight is shifted seemingly effortlessly by the earth. 

The Akashi Kaikyo bridge has over 1700 light bulbs attached to it, which can be programmed illuminate patterns or colours upon desire. There are a total of 28 patterns presets used, all for a variety of things which include holidays, festivals, or ceremonies. 

 

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

If you are in the area, feel free to check out the Bridge Exhibition centre, which is located near where the bridge departs from Kobe. Inside, you can get guides, and information so you can find out more about the construction and development of the Akashi Kaikyo and other bridges globally which share similar designs. You will get a some great views of the Akashi Kaikyo bridge here, and you will get some really good information here. Unfortunately, most of the information displayed is actually in Japanese, so it might not be the best stop for those who lack Japanese language skills. 

Tours are available of the bridge as well, which include history lessons, a walk on the maintenance pathway directly underneath the busy road, then a 2 minute long elevator ride up 98 stories – which is about 300m high with nothing but a long drop on either side of you – with the conclusion of the tour taking place on the top of the bridge walkway. If you do want to book a tour, click here now (Will open in a new tab) to get to instructions on how to apply for the tour.

 

If travelling across by Car...

Please note that this bridge is a toll bridge, which costs 2,300JPY one way, so keep that in mind so you don’t get an unexpected fees.

Hours and Admission

  • 9:15am-5:00pm (Will change according to seasons) - Final Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
  • 310JPY (Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Exhibition Center)
  • Official Website

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Nearby Attractions

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is a prime example of Japanese Architecture, culture, and history. The castle is located near the heart of Himeji city, Hyogo – a very short walk away from Himeji station.  Himeji Castle was registered as a World Heritage site as of December 1993.

Kobe Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown, is a historic region of the city of Kobe. Given it’s close proximity to the Kobe Port, Kobe Chinatown was settled in 1868 by a band of Chinese merchants shortly after the port was open to international trade. The area is also referred to as Nankinmachi in Japanese. 

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