There is Kouri Island in the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture, which took about an hour and a half from Naha by car. It is a perfect island to drive along with the Churaumi Aquarium so you can cross over the bridge from Okinawa main island and go by day trip from Naha. Although it is Kouri Island tied with the main island by a bridge, the blue sea with its transparent feeling unique to isolated islands and the white sand beach is worth seeing. It is a small island that we can go around in around 15 minutes by car. Although it is a small island, there are plenty of charms such as a peaceful scenery spreading the sugar cane field, and you can see old houses on the red tile roof. You can experience the landscape of Okinawa like a picture postcard.
The bridge that connects the main island of Okinawa and Kouri Island, the scenic spot often used for commercials and others is “Kouri Ohashi Bridge”. Actually, it is via Oujima Island, Yagajishima Island from Okinawa main island, Yagajishima Island and Kouri Island are directly connected. The bridge is 1960 meters in length, most of it passes over the sea, and on both sides the sea of emerald green is spreading. Running by the car, you can feel like you are running over the sea. You can overlook a spectacular view that makes your voice unexpected while driving.
You can cross this bridge by car, as well as cross walking. Because the total length of the bridge is about 2 kilometers, you can stop the car at the bridge and enjoy the scenery, or you can go to the middle of the bridge and come back.
The sea around here has high transparency and you can see the fish swimming under the bridge. There are also information on sightings of sea turtles, manta and dolphins, so if you are lucky you may find them. As you walk through, you can see the invisible scenery by car, and there are various fun.
Kouri Ohashi Bridge extending straight above the beautiful emerald green ocean in Okinawa. It is a 1960-meter long bridge connecting Kourijima Island of Nakijinson Village in the northwest part of Okinawa Prefecture and Yagajishima Island of Nago City. The toll fee for the bridge is free. In the vicinity of the bridge on the side of Kourijima Island, there are restaurants and open area for meetings, etc., which are the spots where tourists gather. The view of Kouri Ohashi Bridge from there is outstanding.
As a free maritime bridge connecting remote islands, the largest bridge in Japan is the Irabu Ohashi Bridge (total length 3540 m) in Okinawa. Other, Kouri Ohashi Bridge (total length 1900 m), Tsunoshima Ohashi Bridge (1780 m) in Yamaguchi prefecture and so on.
Although it could not but cross by ferry before, but due to the opening of this Kouri Ohashi Bridge many tourists began to visit Kourijima Island. In Kourijima Island, it turns out that the earthenware of the century 2nd B.C. was excavating and people lived there for many years. Also, here is the place where the Okinawa version of the “Legend of Adam and Eve” remains, romance overflowing.
Kourijima Island is a small island so you can quickly reach the “Tine Beach” on the other side of the bridge. This spot is also recommended. There are two Heart-shaped rocks “Heart Rock” lined up here.
As a viewpoint of Kouri Ohashi Bridge, there is Kouri Ohashi Minamizume observation deck on Yagajishima Island side. In addition there is a “Chura Terrace” where garden restaurants and other items are available.
On the Kourijima Island side, there are two major observation places “Kouri beach”, which is the main beach just across the island, and “Kouri Ocean Tower”, which an automatic driving cart run from the parking lot to the observation deck.
|Name:||Kouri Ohashi Bridge|
|Address:||Kori Kunigamigun Nakijinson, Okinawa 905-0406 Japan|
|Access:||Approximately, it takes two hours from Naha Airport by car.|
|Tel:||(+81) 980-56-1057 (Nakijin Tourism Association)|