Irabu Bridge, Miyakojima

4.6
Cross the ocean on Irabu Bridge, a bridge connecting the islands of Miyako and Irabu. Measuring 3,540 m (11,610 ft), the structure stands as one of the longest bridges in the world, and its island-hopping span has been impressively engineered, with construction starting in 2006 and taking nine years to complete. More convenient for locals than the ferries that used to cross the divide between the islands, the bridge still allows tourists to soak in the views at a pleasant pace. Speed limits on the bridge remain restricted, making it easier to admire the ocean, islands, and the bridge itself without holding up traffic. A viewing platform in the center provides a good place to snap some photos. A visit to Irabu Bridge represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Miyakojima trip builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • Drive with a rental car. Depart from the hotel on Miyako Island in the hottest weather!! ︎ Navi I think it was about 30 minutes down the southern side of the river. ^ _ ^ The cobalt blue sea and white sandy beach spread out in front of... It is a bridge connected to Irabu Island on the sea.
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  • This bridge with a length of more than 6km is the best view. The color of the sea seems to change in the weather and time though it has crossed many times.
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  • Tremendous beautiful achievement of engineering. Breathtaking views, great for sunset.Along bridge there are three small spots to park a car for while.
  • It's a long unusual and pretty cool looking bridge! There's lay-bys on both sides near the highest point for tourist viewing and those all-too-common selfie stick pics and totally rideable on a cycle (there's cycle lanes). Fascinating to see drivers just STOP right in the road to take a photo from their driving seat, whilst simultaneously bringing traffic to an abrupt halt. Just because in Japan you can do that! Most amazingly, no one stuck in the cars behind honks their horn, including the ambulance which was stuck right behind this lady... Funnier still, she had a full car and could have asked the passenger to take it instead... #differentculture
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