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Awaji Service Area
(Highway Rest Stop)

A Great Highway Rest Stop Filled with Fun Sites, Including a Magnificent View of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, a Ferris Wheel, and a Monument for Lovers.

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Service Area (Highway Rest stop)

Awaji Service Area is located at the foot of the huge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The area offers many observation decks and various photo opportunity spots. The mascot character of the Honshu-Shikoku expressway, Wataru, gives you a hand to help you take a nice photo with the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge as a backdrop.
You can return in the same direction from the Awaji Service Area without getting off the toll road, as the inbound lane area (upper side) and the outbound lane area (downside) are connected within the toll road. The Awaji Service Area allows for u-turns off the expressway, so you can stop by going along either the inbound (upper side) and outbound (lower side) lanes without getting off the expressway.

The Ferris wheel is set up along the outbound lane area and offers spectacular views of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe City, the Akashi Strait, and Osaka Bay.
The Heart Light Gate monument in the inbound lane area features a large square frame, which offers a clear camera-like view with the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in the background. As sunlight shines down, the holes on the gate’s ceiling create a heart shape from above. This romantic setup is known as the “Lovers’ Sanctuary”. We also recommend visiting the Hashi no Mieru Oka Gallery (Bridge View Gallery).

Both lanes have restaurants and food courts that serve local specialties, such as onion and beef dishes from Awaji Island, and the shop sells a variety of different souvenir goods.
It is connected with another road station facility, Awaji Highway Oasis, which again does not require getting off the expressway. So, you can fill the whole day with activities without leaving the expressway.

Highlights

  • There are many observation decks and photo opportunities with the Awaji Kaikyo Bridge as a backdrop.
  • The inbound and outbound lane service areas remain connected to the expressway, as well as to the Awaji Highway Oasis facility, so you can spend an entire day in the area without leaving the expressway.
  • If you are traveling along the Awaji-Kita Smart Interchange (ETC vehicles, entrance only, limited to vehicles 12m or shorter), you can take the Awaji SA inbound and outbound lines from the public highway via Awaji Highway Oasis.
  • The outbound lane area features an enormous Ferris wheel, as well as a magnificent view of Awaji Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe City, the Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay.
  • The inbound lane area offers a romantic atmosphere and includes the “Lovers’ Sanctuary.”
  • Enjoy local foods and take the chance to purchase a variety of souvenirs.

Photos

  • The outbound area featuring a Ferris wheel

    The outbound area featuring a Ferris wheel

  • The Wataru camera stand with a stunning view of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

    The Wataru camera stand with a stunning view of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

  • The Heart Light Gate at the “Lovers’ Sanctuary.” Holes placed in a heart shape create a romantic shower of sunlight!

    The Heart Light Gate at the “Lovers’ Sanctuary.” Holes placed in a heart shape create a romantic shower of sunlight!

  • Delicious food

    Delicious food

Reviews

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  • Ketty lok

    有星巴克咖啡、餐廳,還有伴手禮區可以買到一些限定商品,最特別的還是休息區內還有摩天輪,可以從高處欣賞到明石海峽大橋。

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Details

Name in Japanese
淡路サービスエリア
Postal Code
656-2401
Address
2568 Iwaya, Awaji City, Hyogo (Outbound area) /
3118-1 Iwaya, Awaji City, Hyogo (Inbound area)
Telephone
0799-72-4715 (outbound)/0799-72-4608 (inbound)
Business Hours
Food court, shops: Open 24 hours
※Other hours vary by facility
※Currently, shortened operation hours are enforced in some areas as stronger measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Contact them for the details. (as of September 2021)
Closed Days
None
Entrance Fee
None
Access
About 10 minutes from the Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway’s Tarumi Interchange and highway junction / About 3 minutes from the Awaji-Kita Smart Interchange
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)