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The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (ΊC勴, Akashi Kaikyō Ōhashi) 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.

An interesting way to experience the bridge up close is walking the Maiko Marine Promenade, a circuit of observatory walkways under the bridge's platform, about 50 meters above the water. Accessed by elevator from the base of the bridge (Kobe side), the walkways offer unique views of the bridge's interior, the Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay.

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.

Getting there and around

The Bridge Exhibition Center and the Maiko Marine Promenade are located a short walk from Maiko Station on the JR Sanyo Line (25 minutes, 310 yen from Sannomiya Station by local train) or Maiko-Koen Station on the Sanyo Railway Main Line.

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Hours and Fees

Maiko Marine Promenade

Hours

9:00 to 18:00 (until 19:00 during summer holidays and Golden Week)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Second Monday of the month from October to March (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29-31

Admission

250 yen (300 yen on weekends and national holidays)

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; no closing days from July 20 to August 31), December 29 to January 3

Admission

310 yen

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