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3 Bridges in Okinawa Offering Gorgeous Views

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While it’s undeniable that the scenery in Okinawa Prefecture is breathtaking, today we’d like to highlight the views from three bridges that connect Miyako Island with Ikema, Kurima and Irabu Islands respectively.

1. Ikema Bridge

1. Ikema Bridge

The Ikema Bridge, which is 1,425 meters (4,675 ft) long, was completed in 1992, making it the oldest of the three bridges in this post. As the relatively small Ikema Island is just northwest of Miyako Island, the bridge offers stunning views of the ocean between the two landmasses.

2. Kurima Bridge

2. Kurima Bridge

The gracefully arching Kurima Bridge connects Miyako Island with Kurima Island to the southwest. Completed in 1995 and at 1,690 meters (5,545 ft) long, it’s distinct as being the longest farm road bridge in Japan. The sunlight scintillating on the crystal clear water is not something to be missed.

3. Irabu Bridge

3. Irabu Bridge

The third bridge we’re showcasing today is Irabu Bridge, which spans the sea between Miyako Island and Irabu Island. Irabu Island is the second largest of the Miyako Islands, and the second most populous as well, with approximately 5,100 inhabitants in 2010. Irabu Bridge is also the newest one on our list, having been completed only last year with construction costing a staggering ¥38 billion (US$357 million). It has earned the title of the longest non-toll bridge in all of Japan, measuring in at 3,540 meters (11,614 ft) long.

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