Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Tower Top Experience! Unforgettable view from the top of the 300-meter-high tower.
The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge connects Kobe City in Hyogo Prefecture with Awaji Island. The bridge is the world's longest suspension bridge with 3,911 meters at full length and 1,991 meters distance between the two main towers. The main towers that support the wires that suspend the bridge body are 300 meters high! The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge World Tour provides a breathtaking panoramic view from high above.
Guide by an Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge expert
The participants gathered at the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Exhibition Center near the JR Maiko Station. There, we met our guide for the day’s tour. The guide members were all engineers who had worked on the bridge’s construction and were also great speakers. An orientation covering the tour’s caution points was presented by video. Once all the gear was prepared, we started the tour. Walking through the circuit passageway in Maiko Marine Promenade, we headed towards the wide maintenance path at the lower floor of the bridge.
Exciting walk on the thrilling passageways at about 50 meters above sea level.
We walked about 1 km on the wide maintenance path usually not open for the public. The path was laid out about 50 meters above sea level! In order to minimize wind resistance, the path floor was made with steel mesh which allows you to look down. Seeing the sea surface and moving ships below feels as if you’re walking in the sky. Having worked as an engineer constructing the bridge, the guide’s stories were very interesting. His talk on bridge’s technical advancements and its history made the 1 km walk seem shorter than it was.
Unforgettable view from the top of the 300-meter-high tower.
Once reaching the main tower, we got on the elevator and rose almost to the top in a very short time. Exiting the elevator and opening the door to the ceiling, we finally arrive at the top. The view from 300-meters above sea level was truly amazing! On a clear day, one can see as far as the Kansai International Airport. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a picture of the humongous cables that suspend the bridge, as well as the impressive cityscape of Akashi City far beyond.
After the tour, you can take a photograph with your tour certification paper and the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge in the background. The bridge is beautifully illuminated at night in rainbow colors on the hour and in jeweled colors at the half hour.