We all know that Japan is made up of four main islands and several smaller islands. What you may not know is that there is a bridge that connects the island of Honshu with the island of Shikoku. Anyone looking at a map of Japan would perhaps not think this a big deal, except this bridge is actually a series of 10 bridges that takes you island hopping for about 60km between islands in the Seto Sea before linking the cities of Hiroshima and Imbari.
Might be a bit of a long way to go about it but when you think of the technology that Japan possesses, I wouldn’t put it past them to be in planning stages of making it adapted for Shinkansen (bullet train).
While it is a drive that is perhaps out of the way for most, the views you can take in while out on these bridges is said to be the best out there in Japan, not to mention you get to drop in on many towns along the way. Puts a whole new spin on going out for a country drive but not only this, while on the Nishiseto Expressway is it completely acceptable to travel along riding a bicycle or even walking, how many other expressways can you do that on and not get in trouble?
The Nishiseto Expressway also goes under another name, so if you can’t find it on a map try looking for Shimanami Kaido, its the same stretch of road and bridges.
For the best views of the Seto Sea bridges, make you way to the Hanaguri Seto Observation platform which you will find on Omi-shima island and Mt Kiro-san on O-shima island, be sure to take a camera with you, you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t.