(last date visited - Aug. 22, 1999)
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge - is the longest suspension bridge in the world. The distance between two main tower supporting cables (center span) is 1,991 meters.
a. Adult - 500 Yen
b) Children - 250 Yen
B. Group Admission - 30 or more
a. Adult - 400 Yen
b) Children - 200 Yen
Top Ten World's Longest Suspension Bridge
Name - Center Span - Country - Year Completed
1 Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 1,991 JAPAN 1998
2 Great Belt East Bridge 1,624 Denmark 1998
3 Humber Bridge 1,410 England 1981
4 Jiangrin Bridge over Yangtze River 1,385 China 1999
5 Tsing Ma Bridge 1,377 China 1997
6 Verrazano Narrows Bridge 1,298 U.S.A. 1964
7 Golden Gate Bridge 1,280 U.S.A. 1937
8 Hogsten Bridge 1,210 Sweden 1997
9 Mackinac Straits Bridge 1,158 U.S.A. 1957
10 Minami Bisan-seto Bridge 1,100 JAPAN 1988
Pearl Bridge connects Awaji with Kobe and was for some time the longest bridge in the world. I don't know where the longest one is now, but I have been told that the distance between the two pillars is still record distance (2km). Whatever, it's very impressive and at night they have a nice light show on the bridge.
In the vicinity of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge connecting Kobe and Awaji Island which was opened in April 1998, new tourist attractions such as Azur Maiko and Marinepia Kobe have been created, adding to the allure of Kobe as a tourist destination.
Don't miss the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. It is the longest suspension bridge in the world and is quite a sight! The bridge, built by Kawasaki, was just finished about a year or 18 months ago. At night, the bridge is lit up. Its just gorgeous!