Exploring the mysteries of Kouri Island – Okinawa, Japan
Kouri Island (Kouri Shima) is located near Okinawa, Japan. It is an island that is created by an ancient lava flow. The island has many strange rock formations and a variety of natural beauty. The best way to get to Kouri Island is by boat from the main island of Okinawa. The island can be reached in about 30 minutes from Naha port by car or bus (via Chibana pier).
Kouri Island has many tourist attractions including:
- A walking path around the island which takes about 3 hours to complete
- A lighthouse which was built in 1873 to help guide ships through the East China Sea
- Hiking trails through the forest on this small volcanic island
All about the Kouri island bridge
The Kouri Island Bridge is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan. It has a span of 1,960 meters and it connects the two islands of Okinawa Prefecture. The bridge is also known as “Kouri-Ie” or “Kouri Island Bridge” because it links two islands — Kouri Island and Tokashiki Island. The former is home to many popular tourist attractions including beaches, waterfalls, caves and more.
It’s actually two bridges that connect the island to the mainland. The first bridge was built in 1971, while the second was added in 1998. Kouri Bridge is made up of two separate bridges, which are connected by a connecting road halfway through its length. Both bridges are quite long; the first one is 1,960 meters (1.21 miles) long and the second one is 1,990 meters (1.2 miles) long. That makes it the longest toll-free bridge system in Japan!
The first bridge was built in 1971 by Tadao Ando and Associates Corporation (TACO), which also constructed numerous other major buildings throughout Japan including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo). It was designed to look like the mouth of a fish and was meant to symbolize Okinawa’s traditional culture.
Koury island beach
Kouri Island Beach is located on the north side of the island, just west of the main port area (there’s also a smaller beach on the south side). It’s a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear water, making it one of our favourite places in Okinawa! There are no lifeguards on duty at this beach, so be sure to swim only in calm waters or when there are no waves coming in from the open ocean.
The best time to visit is during low tide when you can walk out into the water for quite some distance! The water is shallow enough for kids to play in too — just be sure to keep them away from any rocks because they can cut your feet if you step on them with bare feet!
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