Visited 16.11.2014 (Sun)
Facts and figures. Onaruto bashi (Onaruto Bridge 大鳴門橋) is a suspension bridge which connects Awaji island of Hyogo Prefecture to Naruto city of Tokushima Prefecture. Construction of this 876 m long bridge started in 1976 and it was eventually opened to public in 1985. There are a few ways to admire this architectural masterpiece; from the roof top at Eddy, the Onaruto Bridge crossing memorial hall or at the viewing platform located at summit of Eska Hill. I have been to both and personally, I prefer the latter because of its higher elevation.
|Panoramic view of Onaruto Bridge.|
|A three storey building at the top of Eska Hill; the glass enclosure leading to the building is the 68 m long escalator.|
|About 3 minutes escalator ride; the longest I have taken in my life.|
|Looking back at Naruto city; cylindrical building on the left is Eddy Museum.|
|Can you see the windmills on Awaji island?|
Eska Hill エスカヒル
Operating hours: 0830 - 1700 hrs
Admission fee = 400 yen
How to get there?
(1) By bus.
- At Tokushima Ekimae Bus Terminal Bus Stop #1, board Naruto line (鳴門線) bus heading for Naruto Koen 鳴門公園. Bus journey takes approx 1 hr 15 mins; fee = 710 yen.
- At Naruto JR Station, board Naruto line (鳴門線) bus heading for Naruto Koen 鳴門公園. Bus journey takes approx. 30 mins; fee = 310 yen.
Approx 5 minutes walk from bus stop. There are clear signage at the bus stop and in the vicinity providing clear directions to the main attractions in Naruto Koen: Uzunomichi, Eddy and Eska Hill.
Bus schedule (in Japanese): http://tokubus.co.jp/wptbc/routebus/#tbc
Video: Scroll to 1:00 for Go Go Japan's feature of Eska Hill.