Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The world's longest suspension bridge that links Kobe and Awaji Island
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, approximately 3,911 m long, linking Kobe with Awaji Island, has the world longest center span which is 1,991 m long. It is also known as Pearl Bridge for its beautiful appearance when the huge suspension bridge is lit up on the strait. Under the bridge, there runs Maiko Promenade where you can enjoy the beautiful sight of inland sea of Seto.
◆Access/5 min.walk from JR Maiko Stn. or Sanyo Maiko-koen Stn.
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Night View from Mt. Rokko
Famous for the "Million Dollar Nightscape"
Mt. Rokko consists of a series of mountains from 600 to 931 m high sitting at the north of Kobe's urban district. Recommended viewing spots are 'Tenrandai' near Rokko Sanjo Stn. of Rokko cable Line, 'Rokko garden terrace', 'Hachimaki Observatory deck' in Omote-Rokko drive way where '10 million dollar views' can be enjoyed. The view from observatory deck 'Kikuseidai', near the top of Mt. Maya extends to Osaka as well.
●Tel/078-894-2281(Rokko Garden Terrace)
◆Access/To Rokko Garden Terrace: Hanshin Mikage Stn., JR Rokkomichi Stn., or Hankyu Rokko Stn. →City bus→Rokko cable car→Mountain-top loop bus
To the top of Mt. Maya: JR/Hankyu/Hanshin/Subway Sannomiya Stn. →city bus→Maya View Line Hoshino-eki Stn.
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Expo Park
The park where the Tower of the Sun rises
This park was developed to utilize the land after Japan World Exposition held in 1970. With Tower of the Sun as its symbol, the park has a variety of facilities. These include Shizen bunkaen garden and Japanese garden where all kinds of seasonal greenery and flowers can be enjoyed, as well as cultural/sports facilities; National Museum of Ethnology, Japan Folk Crafts Museum, and Expo Memory Stadium respectively.
Dec. 28 - Jan.1  ●Fare/Shizen bunkaen garden: Adults ¥250, Junior high & elementary school students ¥70 (Accessible to Japanese garden)  ●Tel/06-6877-7387(Expo Park Information Center)
◆Access/A short walk from Osaka Monorail Banpakukinenkoen Stn. or Koen-higashiguchi Stn.
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A famous place of cherry blossoms and colored leaves in Japan
Arashiyama locates in the west of Kyoto town. It has been a representative sightseeing spot of Kyoto since it became the noble villas in the Heian era. Particularly, the outskirts of the Togetsu Bridge gather many tourists as a famous place of cherry blossoms and colored leaves. Arashiyama has a particular scenery such as cherry blossoms of spring, colored leaves of autumn, and you can enjoy the four seasons of Kansai to the full. (Photo:JNTO)
◆Access/5 min. walk from Hankyu Arashiyama and Keifuku Arashiyama Stn.
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Amanohashidate Spa
One of Japan's greatest landscapes with beautiful white sands and pine trees
One of Japan's 3 greatest landscapes situated in the north of Kyoto Prefecture. The contrast created by the 20m to 170m wide 3.6km long white sands and the lusciously green rows of pine trees is superb. It is nature's artwork created by the sands of the Sea of Japan carried out into the depth of the bay by the winds and waves, and swept away by River Noda in the mountains. There is also cycling and hot spring spa to be enjoyed.
●Tel/0772-22-8030(Amanohashidate Tourism Association)
◆Access/5 min. walk from Kita Kinki Tango Railway Amanohashidate Stn., 10 min. drive from Kyoto Longitudinal Expressway Miyazu Amanohashidate IC.
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Commanding view of the dynamic whirlpool and Naruto Straits
Elevated 45m above sea level, the 450m promenade was built underneath the Onaruto Bridge. Visitors can enjoy the dynamic whirlpools and the rapid current of Naruto Straits, as well as the wonderful landscape of Setonaika National Park.
●Open/Mar.-Sep. 9:00-18:00 (Last entry at 17:30), Oct.-Feb. 9:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/2nd Monday of Mar., Jun., Sep. and Dec., Dec.29- 31  ●Fare/Adults ¥500, High school and junior high school students ¥400, Elementary school students ¥250  ●Tel/088-683-6262
◆Access/10 min. walk from Naruto Koen-guchi bus stop by highway bus from JR Osaka Stn.
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