The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Ross Hall

April 28, 2021
(Updated on June 17, 2021)

The sun setting behind Akashi Bridge, with a dramatic sky and the suspension bridge in silhouette

Linking Honshu to Awaji Island, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world. It sits over a major shipping lane, which demands the span rises more than 60 metres above sea-level.

It’s an imposing sight, visible from large parts of Kobe (only a hill blocks my view of it from my home office). If you go down to the coast, chances are you’ll see it on the horizon.

Fun fact: the span is 1 metre longer than originally designed. The Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe, moved Awaji Island further away from the Honshu coast.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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