Kaikyo Yume Tower

Impressive views over the Kanmon Strait and Shimonoseki

By Kim B    - 2 min read

If you're visiting Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, there's no way to miss the dominant feature on the city's skyline - the Kaikyo Yume Tower. Completed in July of 1996, the tower reaches a height of 153 meters, with an observation deck ten meters below that.

The tower's appearance is quite unique - the top portion houses the spherical, glass-covered observatory, and there are a total of 8700 sheets of glass used in its design. The ride to the observation deck also takes place in a glass elevator, taking just over a minute to reach from the ground floor. Once you exit the elevator on the observation deck floor, you're treated to an impressive 360-degree view out over the city, the Kanmon Strait, the Kyushu Ranges and two seas - the Sea of Japan and the Seto Inland Sea. We visited the observation deck at night and got to enjoy the twinkling lights of boats on the water and the Kanmon Bridge. There was even an illuminated Ferris wheel off in the distance.

The entry to the observation deck is very reasonable - for local residents, it's ¥600 for adults, and ¥300 for children. If you're visiting from overseas, there's an added benefit for you: bring your passport along, and you'll receive a half-price reduction in the admission fee. A visit to Kaikyo Yume Tower is a great way to get your bearings and map out the sights you want to see across Shimonoseki, or simply to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding area.

Getting there

The Kaikyo Yume Tower is located approximately ten minutes on foot from the JR Shimonoseki Station, served by the Sanyo Main Line and the Sanin Main Line.

If you're driving to the venue, parking is available for 150 cars at the nearby Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki undercover parking lot. Parking is charged at a rate of ¥100 per 30 minute increment.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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