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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ikitsuki Ohashi

生月大橋

Ikitsuki Ohashi (Ikitsuki Bridge) connects the larger island of Hirado off the western coast of Kyushu with the smaller island of Ikitsuki.

Ikitsuki Bridge Hirado


Ikitsuki Ohashi has the longest continuous span of any truss bridge in the world at 400m. Ikitsuki Ohashi was opened in 1991.

Japan has a number of very long truss bridges including Oshima Bridge in Yamaguchi prefecture (325m), Tenmon Bridge in Kumamoto (300m), Kuronoseto Bridge in Kagoshima (300m), Kamakari Bridge in Hiroshima (255m) and Yoshima Bridge in Kagawa (246m).

Ikitsuki Bridge


Just over the bridge are Ikitsuki's main attractions: the Ikitsuki Island Museum and the large Goran Kannon Statue.

Back on Hirado visitors can see William Adam's Memorial at his grave, Tabira Church, the English Factory established with the help of Adams and the Matsuura Historical Museum.

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