Kobe Travel Guide
A Complete Guide to Kobe City!
There are three main routes connecting Honshu and Shikoku. Each route includes large and beautiful bridges, and crossing those bridges is one of the pleasures of the trip in itself. This article will introduce you to the special bridge crossing experience and highlights of each route!
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!
UA panoramic view from the world’s longest suspension bridge.
Visit backstage the traditional art of the “Awaji Ningyo Joruri” puppet show.
You can watch and learn Awa Odori, a dance that attracts 1.2 million people, whenever you like!
The Great Seto Bridge system connects Okayama Prefecture on Honshu to Kagawa Prefecture on Shikoku island. Of this bridge series, the Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge allows visitors to climb to the top of the tower. From the top, 175 meters above sea level, there is a spectacular view of scores of islands spread across the Seto Inland Sea.
A spectacular view from the top of the bridge out over a score of islands spread across the Seto Inland Sea.
Make your original jeans in the renown jeans town, Kojima City.
A history and nature cycling trip around the island.
28 islands of different shapes and sizes can be found dotting the waters between Kagawa and Okayama Prefectures. Towards Kagawa Prefecture sits Honjima, a former base for the Shiwaku Navy, or Awashima, the island recently known for its art and also for being the home of Japan’s first school for maritime sailors. Towards the Okayama side also known as the “Kasaoka Islands”, you’ll find Kitagi Island, also known as “Stone Island”, or even Manabe Island, the island destination loved worldwide for its old-world towns and streets, just to name a few.
The Shimanami Kaido connects Honshu island and Shikoku island and crosses six islands in the Seto Inland Sea. This approximately 60km road was opened in 1999 to join Onomich City to Imabari City. The cycling course along this road is top-rated for its breathtaking scenery.
Experience authentic zazen in a scenic Zen temple.
Discover the area’s history and sites, including the enormous shipbuilding works!
A guide on the famous cycling course so-called the "cyclist's sanctuary."