A Guided Tour Featuring the Bridge Connecting Honshu and Shikoku.

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!

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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!

A city tour guide crossing the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

A Unique Experience crossing the Great Seto Bridge

Attractions near Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Restaurants near the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Great Seto Bridge

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 city tour guide crossing the Great Seto Bridge

A Unique Experience crossing the Great Seto Bridge

Attractions near the Great Seto Bridge

Restaurants near the Great Seto Bridge

The Islands of the Seto Inland Sea

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.

Awashima Island Travel Spots

Honjima Island Travel Spots

Kitagi Island Travel Spots

Manabe Island Travel Spots

Shimanami Kaido

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.

A city tour guide crossing the Shimanami Kaido

A Unique Experience crossing the Shimanami Kaido

Attractions near the Shimanami Kaido

Restaurants near the Shimanami Kaido