Monday, April 30, 2018

Kanmon Bridge

The Kanmom Straits, one of the entrances into the Seto Inland Sea, separate Honshu and Kyushu, and at its narrowest is only about 800 meters wide.

The Kanmon Bridge was one of the biggest suspension bridges in the world when it opened in 1973 to carry road traffic across the straits from Shimonoseki to Kitakyushu.

The central span is just over 1,000 meters. Prior to its construction there was a road tunnel beneath the water, as well as a tunnel for trains and even a pedestrian tunnel.

Ferries still connect the two sides as they have for centuries.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jake,
    The pedestrian tunnel is still in use. I had to walk my bike across the Strait in the tunnel in 2012. I saw someone attempt to ride across and an authoritative voice from a loudspeaker told him off very severely. Bikes are definitely not allowed to cross the bridge or to be ridden in the tunnel.