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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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See the longest suspension bridge in the world, recognized as one of Japan’s most impressive engineering accomplishments.

At a length of almost 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge. Spanning across the Akashi Kaikyo (Akashi Strait), which connects mainland Kobe to Awaji Island, the bridge has a beautiful setting and dramatic length, making it a striking landmark. In addition to admiring the scenery, visit the attractions around the famous bridge, where you’ll learn more about its history and development.

Construction of the bridge began in 1988 and took 10 years to complete. Designed to withstand Japan’s frequent tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons, the bridge was built with more than 50 million cubic feet (1.4 million cubic meters) of concrete. The Great Hanshin Earthquake took place in 1995 when the bridge was half built, presenting a testament to its strength and durability. Marvel that the bridge still stands after the earthquake caused major damage throughout Kobe.

Explore the Bridge Exhibition Center at the bottom of the bridge on the Kobe side. This informative center provides an overview of the planning and technology behind the bridge, along with exhibitions devoted to other prominent suspension bridges around the world. Most exhibits have short English descriptions; the more detailed explanations are available only in Japanese.

Walk along the Maiko Marine Promenade, a stretch of observatory hallways underneath the bridge, 164 feet (50 meters) above the water. Access by an elevator on the Kobe side of the bridge and enjoy remarkable views of the water through the floor of the promenade, partially covered by glass.

Sign up for the popular “Bridge World” guided tour, which takes visitors to the top of one of the bridge’s 984-foot (300-meter) towers. The tour is offered in Japanese with an English audio guide available.

Visit the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with red, green and blue lights, creating rainbow reflections on the water below. Both the Bridge Exhibition Center and the Maiko Marine Promenade have admission fees. Visit the bridge at any time of year. The special guided tours are available from April to November.

Top 10 Hotels Near Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
4 out of 5
18-11 Higashi Maiko-cho, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$131 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
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Located in Tarumi Ward, this beach hotel is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Sumaura Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kobe Green Arena and Kobe Harborland. Kobe Anpanman ...

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Hotel Setre
Hotel Setre
2 out of 5
11-1,kaigandori,tarumi-ku,kobe-city, Kobe, Hyogo (prefecture)
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Located in Tarumi Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Bridge Exhibition Center. Goshikizuka Park and Mitsui Outlet Park ...

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Tankaiso
Tankaiso
2 out of 5
3559-4 Iwaya, Awaji-shi, Hyogo,, Awaji, Hyogo (prefecture)
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Situated in Awaji, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Eshima and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Nizigen Nomori Park. Nijigen no Mori and Akashi Kaikyo National Gorvernment ...

Tankaiso
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Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
4 out of 5
18-11 Higashi Maiko-cho, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$131 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
Hotel Setre
Hotel Setre
2 out of 5
11-1,kaigandori,tarumi-ku,kobe-city, Kobe, Hyogo (prefecture)
Hotel Setre
Tankaiso
Tankaiso
2 out of 5
3559-4 Iwaya, Awaji-shi, Hyogo,, Awaji, Hyogo (prefecture)
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GuestHouse Geragera – Hostel
GuestHouse Geragera – Hostel
2 out of 5
7-15-41 Kariguchidai Tarumi, Kobe, Hyogo
GuestHouse Geragera – Hostel
Hitomarukadan
Hitomarukadan
3 out of 5
21-22 Okuratenjincho, Akashi, JPH
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Lifull Stay Nojimaezaki Seaside
Lifull Stay Nojimaezaki Seaside
3 out of 5
557-2 Nojimaezaki, Awaji, Hyogo
The price is SG$189 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
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Lifull Stay Nojimaezaki Seaside
Family Hotel Hikaria
Family Hotel Hikaria
1 out of 5
2-2-10, Honmachi, Akashi, Hyogo
The price is SG$175 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
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Awaji Seaside Resort in Iwaya 3000
Awaji Seaside Resort in Iwaya 3000
3 out of 5
3000-162 Iwaya, Awaji, Hyogo
Awaji Seaside Resort in Iwaya 3000
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