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Kurushima Straits Bridge

A bridge on the Shimanami Kaido connecting the island of Oshima to Shikoku. It’s the world’s longest suspension bridge structure.

Kurushima Straits Bridge

This bridge connects the island of Oshima to Shikoku. It’s the world’s longest suspension bridge structure. It consists of three successive suspension bridges with six towers and four anchorages. It spans the Kurushima Straits, a very busy waterway with rapid tidal currents that create whirlpools on its surface.

Shimanami-Kaido-Kurushima

Bicycles can be hired and dropped off at road stations at either end of the bridge, where long, looping ramps go up to the road. These look challenging, but they’re no problem for casual cyclists on bikes with gears. Cycling across the bridge is exhilarating in any season, with amazing views over the Inland Sea.

Mt._Ishizuchi_from_the_Shimanami_Kaido

In the middle of the bridge is a small island called Umashima which you can explore on your bicycle by taking the lift down from the roadway. There’s a pretty shrine with a lighthouse and a couple of nice beaches.

The towers of the bridges can be climbed with special permission from the bridge authorities.

Information

Name in Japanese: 来島海峡大橋

Pronunciation: kurushima kaikyō ōhashi

Address: Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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