Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge on the Shimanami Kaido

Shimanami Kaido Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge featured image

[Introduction]

I traveled to Ehime and Kagawa Prefecture for 4 days and 3 nights. In this article, I will write about the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge on the Shimanami Kaido. I saw the bridge from three spots.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Ozu City part 1: Old town (Related article)
* Ozu City part 2: Garyu Sanso and Ozu Castle (Related article)
* Shimonada: Shimonada station (Related article)
* Imabari City: Imabari Castle etc. (Related article)
* Shimanami Kaido: Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge (This article)
* Shodoshima Island part 1: Nijushi no Hitomi Movie Village (Related article)
* Shodoshima Island part 2: Shodoshima Olive Park (Related article)
* Shodoshima Island part 3: Angel Road (Related article)
* Shodoshima Island part 4: Meiro no machi (Maze Town) etc. (Related article)
* Matsuyama City: Tram, Botchan train and Mikyan (Related article)

[Travel Dates]
2015.07.25 – 28

[Main Part]

Imabari Bary-san

Following my previous post about the central part of Imabari city,  I went out to the Shimanami Kaido to see the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge. By the way, I mentioned “Bary San” (a famous local mascot character in Imabari) in my previous post and you can see that he wears a crown. Actually, the crown depicts the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge. There are several sightseeing spots to see the bridge and I went around the following three spots: Kurushima Kaikyo Observation Building, Itoyama Observation Park and Kirosan Observation Park.

Kurushima Kaikyo Observation Building

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 1

First, I visted the Kurushima Kaikyo Observation Building. It provides a closer view of  Kurushima Kaikyo (Strait) and the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, and has an exhibition room about Kurushima Kaikyo and Shimanami Kaido. Also, there is the Sunrise Itoyama, which provides rented bicycles and accommodation facilities, near the venue.

View of Kurushima Kaikyo (Strait) and the Kurushima Kaikyo BridgeKurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 2

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 3

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 4

A ship passed.Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 5

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 6

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building 7

A girl’s statue named “To the sea”.Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building statue 1

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building statue 2

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Observation Building statue 3

Itoyama Observation Park

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 1

Near the Kurushima Kaikyo Observation Building, there is the Itoyama Observation Park, another sightseeing spot to see the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge. As the Itoyama Observation Park is located on a hill, you can see the bridge with higher angles. Unfortunately, however, the weather started to turn bad 🙁

A blue ship passed.Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 2

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 3

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 4

Another ship passed.Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 5

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 6

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Itoyama Observation Park 7

When looking around, I realized that the main industry in Imabari is shipbuilding.Itoyama Observation Park Imabari Shipbuilding 1

Itoyama Observation Park Imabari Shipbuilding 2

Kirosan Observation Park

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 1

The final destination is the Kirosan Observation Park. The Kirosan Observation Park is located at Oshima and very famous as a sunset viewing spot on the Shimanami Kaido. Due to bad weather condition, I was not able to see the sunset there. So, I tried to create similar atmospheres by adjusting camera settings.

Added the magenta color.Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 2

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 3

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 4

Added the umber color.Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 5

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 6

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Kirosan Observation Park 7

Surrounding landscape.Kirosan Observation Park Kurushima Strait 1

Kirosan Observation Park Kurushima Strait 2

Kirosan Observation Park Kurushima Strait 3

[Closing]

So, that’s it for the article about the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge on the Shimanami Kaido. This time I just saw the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge due to time constraint. The Shimanami Kaido is a 60 kilometer-long highway exclusively for automobiles that connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku. In the future, I would like to run through the highway.

From the next article, I will start to write about Shodoshima Island.

[Related Link]
Shimanami Kaido (English)


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