The Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, which connects the island of Oshima to the main part of Shikoku, is the world’s longest suspension bridge structure and was completed in 1999.
Our day trip had started in Onomichi City. We’d made our way across all the bridges joining the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima, before terminating on Shikoku in Imabari City. This last bridge was the largest of them all.
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The view from the rest area which overlooks the inland sea and back across this last great bridge is quite spectacular.
You can’t possibly capture the extent of Kurushima-Kaikyo in a single photo from ground level. This eleven (11) frame stitched panorama is my attempt to cover the span. That’s my wife and daughter enjoying the view in the far right corner.
The Great Bridge
The bridge consists of three successive suspension bridges with six towers and four anchorages. There is a shared anchorage that joins each suspension bridge to the next. The bridge’s total length is a massive 4,015 metres.