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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge featuring a suspension bridge or treetop walkway, general coastal views and outdoor art

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 Hotels Close to 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 ¥8,677 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Located in Tarumi Ward, this beach hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Sumaura Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kobe Green Arena and Kobe Harborland. Kobe Anpanman ...
Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
Cocomosu Akashi Bridge Climbing Wall New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Akashi Bridge Climbing Wall New con / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥20,160 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated in Awaji, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Nizigen Nomori Park. Eshima and Nijigen no Mori ...
Cocomosu Akashi Bridge Climbing Wall New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥20,160 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated in Awaji, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Nizigen Nomori Park. Eshima and Nijigen no Mori ...
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
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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 ¥8,677 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe
Cocomosu Akashi Bridge Climbing Wall New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Akashi Bridge Climbing Wall New con / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥20,160 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Cocomosu Akashi Bridge Climbing Wall New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥20,160 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥16,128 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Cocomosu Climbing Wall Akashi Bridge New con / Awaji Hyogo
GuestHouse Geragera – Hostel
GuestHouse Geragera – Hostel
2 out of 5
7-15-41 Kariguchidai Tarumi, Kobe, Hyogo
GuestHouse Geragera – Hostel
[awajishima Charter] Convenient BBQ Available With Dryer Capacity 4 People
[awajishima Charter] Convenient BBQ Available With Dryer Capacity 4 People
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥11,210 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
[awajishima Charter] Convenient BBQ Available With Dryer Capacity 4 People
Ryoushi Minpaku CHOUTA
Ryoushi Minpaku CHOUTA
3.5 out of 5
70-8 Iwaya, Awaji, Hyogo
The price is ¥10,191 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Ryoushi Minpaku CHOUTA
Awaji Island Charter Convenient With BBQ W - 4 People Reserved / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji Island Charter Convenient With BBQ W - 4 People Reserved / Awaji Hyogo
Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥9,554 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Awaji Island Charter Convenient With BBQ W - 4 People Reserved / Awaji Hyogo
Grand Nikko Awaji
Grand Nikko Awaji
4 out of 5
2 Yumebutai, Awaji, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥19,008 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Grand Nikko Awaji
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.