|Hours||9:30 - 21:30 (No entry after 21:00)|
|Website||Kaikyo Yume Tower|
|Holidays||4th Saturday in January|
|Entry||Adult 600 yen (includes high school students)
Kids 300 yen (junior high and elementary school)
|Access||[Train] From Shimonoseki Station: Leave through the east exit and walk down the street in front of Seamall. 5 minutes on foot.
[Car] The tower has convient parking in the same building complex. 150 stalls.
Shimonoseki's Kaikyo Yume Tower
The Kaikyo Yume Tower was opened by Yamaguchi Prefecture on July 20, 1996 and at 153 meters tall this landmark is the tallest tower in western Japan. The tower is a bold addition to the skyline that enables visitors to get a birds-eye view from the observation floor. The view of the Kanmon Straits from 143 meters is well worth the price of admission. The tower is part of Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki which includes an international trade building and conference arena.
The spherical glass covered observatory (21 meters in diameter) allows for a clear uninterrupted view. 8,700 planes of glass cover the outside of the tower. The elevators move at a brisk pace of 120 meters a minute up and down the tower. The current wind speed and sway of the tower is displayed on the 30th floor as well. At night, the tower is lit up at night by 611 lights with a different color for each day of the week.
The tower is a highly recommended and is a short walk from JR Shimonoseki Station. It opens at 9:30 and closes at 21:30. No entry is permitted after 21:00. The tower is closed once a year on the 4th Saturday in January.
The Kaikyo Yume Tower is a short 5 minute walk east of JR Shimonoseki Station. It's pretty hard to miss from the overhead walkway.
There is a 150 stall car park at Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki and other nearby pay parking buildings.
Submitted by mbystedt on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 19:19