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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Kobe
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
# 3   of 14 most visited
sights in Kobe

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The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is, with a length of almost four kilometers, the world's longest suspension bridge. Opened in 1998, it spans the Akashi Strait (Akashi Kaikyo) between Kobe and Awaji Island and is part of the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway, one of three expressways which connect Honshu with Shikoku.

The Bridge Exhibition Center at the foot of the Kobe side of the bridge provides well-presented information about the planning and construction of the bridge and about other suspension bridges around the world, although the detailed explanations are available in Japanese only.

The Maiko Marine Promenade consists of observatory hallways under the bridge's platform, about 50 meters above the water. Accessed by elevator from the base of the bridge (Kobe side), the hallways offer interesting views of the bridge's interior, the Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay.

Bridge enthusiasts should also consider participating in the "Bridge World" guided tour, which includes a visit to the very top of one of the bridge's 300-meter-tall towers. The tour is in Japanese only, held twice a day on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, takes 2.5 hours, involves a lot of walking, costs 3000 yen per person and requires advance reservations (see links below).

View from Maiko Marine Promenade

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How to get there
The Bridge Exhibition Center and the Maiko Marine Promenade are located a short walk from Maiko Station on the JR Sanyo Line (25 minutes, 300 yen from Sannomiya Station by local train) or Maiko-Koen Station on the Sanyo Railway Main Line.

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Hours and Fees
Bridge Exhibition Center
Hours:9:15 to 17:00 (some seasonal variation)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
Closed:Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to 31
Admission:310 yen

Maiko Marine Promenade
Hours:9:30 to 18:00 (until 19:00 during summer holidays and Golden Week)
Closed:Second Monday each month (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29-31
Admission:250 yen (310 yen on weekends and national holidays)

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English Links
Bridge World Tour (Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited)
Official information about the guided tour.

Japanese Links
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Exhibition Center
Official Bridge Exhibition Center website.
Maiko Marine Promenade
Official Maiko Marine Promenade website.

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