[From March Issue 2015]
This is a tour of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the biggest suspension bridge in the world. A talk explaining how this 3,911 meter bridge was constructed between Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture and Awaji-shima Island will be given. Audio guides in English, Chinese and Korean are lent out for free. To get a sense of the height and size of the bridge, participants are invited to walk along the inspection passage inside the bridge, which is usually closed to members of the public. The highlight of the tour comes at the end with a 360-degree view in the main tower 300 meters above sea level.
Meeting place: Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Exhibition Center (five minutes’ walk from Maiko Station on the JR Kobe Line)
Period: From Thursday to Sunday and on national holiday days during the months of April to November.
Tours are held twice a day (from 9:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m.).
Reservations can be made from 10:00 a.m on the first day of the month two months before your preferred date.
Price: 3,000 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for junior high school students
ID is required.
The maximum number accepted per reservation is five. Groups of six or more need to appoint another representative for additional reservations.
In the case of heavy rain or strong wind the tour may be canceled on the day if the administrator decides it is difficult to proceed.