The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is, with a length of almost four kilometers, the world's longest suspension bridge. This is a substantial 6-lane road bridge that connects Kobe on the main island of Honshu with Iwyaya on the smaller Japanese island of Awaji.
The bridge has around 1,800 lights that are used for illumination for national holidays and other events, creating a spectacular light show that can be seen from across the bay and that is why it's called 'Pearl Bridge'.
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.
A detailed history of the construction and planning of the bridge can be found in the Bridge Exhibition Center at the base of the Kobe side of the bridge.
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.
You can not only walk in the inside of Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge but enjoy the magnificent view from the top of the Bridge tower, 300m above the sea.
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