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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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London212 contributions
I expected this to be an interesting tour and booked myself on it even though it is a Japanese language only tour and I do not speak a work of Japanese. However, it exceeded all expectations and was the highlight of my week in Japan.

The tour can be split into four parts:

Arrival: You are directed to the conference room in which you will be allocated a table for the introduction talk. This was in Japanese and lasted 10-15 minutes. What I picked up and really all you need to know was that there were no toilets when you left the building, everything must be attached to you with straps, you go up the viewing platform in coloured groups and you need to mind your head.

Video: There was then a video of the construction of the bridge – this had English subtitles and hence understandable and interesting.

Museum/information centre: The tour then left the classroom to the museum/information centre where the guide talked through information about the bridge. There was no requirement to specifically remain with the group and I wandered around viewing the models and reading through the English translations for the exhibits.

Walk/view: No words were needed for this bit; it is all about the experience - both the walking along the underside of the bridge above the water and then the trip to the top of the bridge supports and the magnificent views there.

In summary this is an experience not to be missed and apart from 10 minutes at the beginning there was little need to understand the language. Highly recommended.
Written June 3, 2012
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Tokyo, Japan5,176 contributions
10 years of construction and $6 billion has produced the world's longest suspension bridge. Located just west of Kobe near Akashi city, the Akashi Straits Bridge is an awesome engineering accomplishment, and now, also a quirky and cheap activity to do in Kobe.

Bridges and infrastructure normally result in a yawn, but this bridge is stunning - a total of 4 km in length (from anchor to anchor), its just incomprehensible. The towers are 70 floors (300 m) high, equal to the tallest building in Japan - Landmark Tower in Yokohama, and there are 2 kilometers between each of the towers. The Guinness Book certificate, noting all the bridge's world records, is on public display in the exhibition hall.

The highway authority offers a quirky tour of the bridge, called "BridgeWorld," that uses maintenance catwalks and roadways to get a close up view of the bridge. The main event is a visit to the top of one of the 70 floor towers via a maintenance elevator. The view from the top is breathtaking, if not a little scary.

A team of energetic retired gentlemen lead the tour and the guide/guest ratio is very high. Guests are required to wear vests and hard hats on the tour, both are provided by the bridge authority. The tour leader gives a monologue throughout the tour using a handheld radio system. The narration is only in Japanese.

At the end of the tour guests are given photos of themselves at the top of the bridge tower, a piece of span wire, and a certificate of completion.

Total cost is only 3,000 yen per person. The tour is very popular on weekends, so early advance reservations are necessary. The tour is only available with advance registration through the web site.

Overall, BridgeWorld is a different kind of activity, but a fantastic experience. This kind of tour is something that is only available in Japan. The tour guides are kind and considerate gentlemen and make the tour an excellent experience.
Written November 23, 2010
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Vachintha Piyadasa
Colombo, Sri Lanka1,823 contributions
Akashi Kaikyo bridge is known to be the longest suspension bridge of the world. The total length of this is 1991 meters and it connects Kobe city with Awaji island. It is said that the construction of this bridge has taken 10 years to complete and it has been operational since 1998.
If you travel by train, you need to get off from Maiko Station (舞子) which is located just down the starting point of the bridge. Don't miss to witness an amazing view of the surrounding area by entering to the observation deck which is located at the top (8th level) of the bridge. If you visit during the evening, you can spend some relaxing time watching the sunset from under the bridge or from the Ajūru maiko (アジュール舞子) park which is located in the beach area South-East from it.
This is an amazingly attractive place which you'll definitely choose to revisit.
Written September 11, 2016
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan12,458 contributions
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, which links between Kobe and Awajishima island, is one of the major gateways from Honshu to Shikoku. To cross the strait, you have to drive a car, but to admire this bridge and take pictures, it is enough to take a walk around Maiko Park. JR Maiko is the nearest station.
Written July 12, 2020
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80825 contributions
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge should not be missed if you visit Kobe. The longest suspension bridge in the world is truly spectacular. A technological marvel, 10 years to complete and not a single death while constructing. If you get the opportunity you should arrange to go on the Bridge World guided tour. Seating is limited so you need to reserve ahead of time. Cost is 3000 yen per person and takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. Tour guides you through the construction of the bridge and later you get to visit the top of the bridge. Views from the top are spectacular. An elevator takes you 90+ floors to the top. The walk to the elevator is a little long, about 2000 km. You walk under the bridge along a metal grate walkway. You can see the ocean below your feet. An experience you won't forget. A much more informative tour than if you do the self guided free tour.
Written August 13, 2011
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Australia92 contributions
We probably should have researched this bridge a bit more before heading here as we initially wanted to walk across and back. When we got there we quickly discovered you cannot walk it at all as there are not any walk-ways and the only way to get to the other side is by vehicle or for us a bus.

So we caught bus and yes it was ok but we are not big bus people so once got to the other side we got off at the first point which was on a freeway and walk way under pass. We went into a small bus port rest stop/Starbucks and sat and watched the rain engulf the bridge and Kobe for an hour. We then walked back to the same bus stop and waited for the next bus to take us back across.

Would we go if we discovered you couldn't walk it? More than likely as the view of the bridge and Kobe and the ships going under it was worth it.
Written February 28, 2017
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Honolulu9,267 contributions
Also known as the Pearl Bridge. It is supposedly the longest as well as the tallest suspension bridge in the world. You buy tickets at the bottom. Upon presenting your ticket, you go up the elevator to the “8th” floor where there is a souvenir shop as well as a small café and restrooms. There is a short walking path where you can find glass floors along the way so you can show off and take pictures of you standing on glass looking down at the waters below.
Written April 19, 2015
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Westwood, NJ16 contributions
We booked this tour well in advance and were very excited leading up to the day. It not only did not disappoint us but it exceeded all of our expectations. The website says the tour is Japanese only but when we arrived and checked in we were given small ipods with English and Chinese audio tracks. Then we were simply told by the crew members what track to listen to at each station, it worked surprisingly well. One member of the crew did know a bit of English and was the one in charge of our group, he would tell us where to go and how long we had for each section.

You start the tour in a classroom and are given you hard hat and mesh jacket. Then they give you a neck strap for your camera. Everything must be attached to you. I suggest not using a cell phone for photos because of the fact that you will have to put it in one of their plastic cases which may degrade quality. Instead bring a small camera with a wrist strap. I also brought my GoPro video camera with helmet strap. At first the crew was confused as to what it was but they quickly realized what I was trying to do. The crew member simply added some tape to further secure the gopro strap from coming off the helmet.

After the basic safety lecture everyone moves to the museum downstairs and goes around each section that explains how the bridge is constructed and how difficult it was to build. Then you move outside and on to the very fun part.

You go up an elevator into a building called the promenade which takes you inside the lower section of the north part of the bridge. It is from there that you are taken into a special access catwalk that gets everyone onto the main bridge catwalk. You walk over 1km on a grate with a slight uphill grade. Consider dressing warm because the wind over the water is quite strong and cold.

After the walk you are split up into groups of 15 to get into the elevator and taken to the top of the north tower. This is where the real fun starts. Once everyone gets to the top you are all given 15minutes to hang out and take pictures. Each group gets a group photo with the date on it which is free. The crew members happily take everyone's personal camera and also snap pictures with them if you like.

After enjoying the spectacular view you basically do the rest in reverse to get back down. There is a small deviation with the return walk. You are lead this time on the outside most catwalk for about .5km. It is much more narrow and therefore a bit more exciting.

Throughout the whole experience you are guided by the professional crew and never feel any kind of danger. They are all smiling and happy to help the whole time. After you get back to the classroom you are given a bunch of free stuff. You get the following for free: group picture, bridge dvd or steel cable, completion certificate, and a bridge facts pamphlet.

Overall we absolutely loved the experience it was truly unique and exciting. My fiance enjoyed it much more than she expected considering she isn't quite the engineering nerd I am. We both agreed it is one of the most memorable moments from our time in Japan. Many thanks to the wonderful crew who ushered us along the way!
Written April 20, 2014
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Sandakan, Malaysia218 contributions
At first... I thought that there's nothing much to see from a bridge.... as this attraction spot never appear in the list of those standard tour packages. But after going on it.... WOW!!! It's a breathtaking scenery 360 degrees....
You need to pay for an entrance fee.... sorry that I have forgotten how much it cost :(
It's safe for all ages as the segment that open for public are all 'fence-up' (you can see it from the photos that I shared). It's hard to describe it words how great it is... you just have to be there yourself to experience it.
I only found out that they actually have a guided bridge tour at a fee after I came back to my country. :(
There is a restaurant that you can sit and enjoy the great view and there's also some local delicacies & souvenirs to choose from.
Written July 12, 2013
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Sydney, Australia444 contributions
Opened in 1998, and celebrating it’s 20th birthday now. This 4klm bridge is getting a make over and being painted light blue (over the concrete pillars and undercarriage)
From Maiko Station, take the southern exit and the elevated walkways crossing the train platforms, and the multi lane road beneath. This will lead you to the right side of the major land anchor pylon and forecourt. At this base, there’s an entrance to an observation deck 8 floors up ( 250 - 300yen fee) worth every cent!!
From here you’ll see the massive steel framework and feel the rumblings of the traffic as well as experiencing the glass bottomed viewing sections of the observation deck way above the choppy waters below.
Around the promenade, is the Sun Yat Sen memorial house and gardens and pine tree walkway. All very lovely.
Grab some ekiben (lunch) and sit in this park, and marvel at this engineering feat!
There’s a supermarket near the station to ease the pain in the pocket !!
Written May 1, 2018
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