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'''Kanmon Straits''' (関門海峡 ''Kanmon-kaikyō'') is the name of the sea between [[Kitakyushu]] on [[Kyushu]] and [[Shimonoseki]] on [[Honshu]]. The straits can be traversed by ferry, train (regular and Shinkansen) and road bridge and tunnel. There is also a tunnel for walkers at the narrowest point near the road bridge. The '''Kanmonkyō road bridge''' was completed in 1973. It is the 34th longest in the world at 712 metres in length.
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The '''Kanmon Straits''' (関門海峡 ''Kanmon-kaikyō'') is a body of water that separates two islands of [[Japan]]:
  
From the point of view of tourists and travellers, it may be helpful to consider the Kanmon area as one complete whole. It is a substantial area in size, with many attractions and opportunities for sightseeing on both sides of the straits.
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* [[Shimonoseki]] on [[Honshu]]
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* [[Kitakyushu]] on [[Kyushu]]
  
==Regions==
 
  
==Cities==
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[[WikiPedia:Kanmon Straits]]
  
*[[Kitakyushu]]
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*[[Shimonoseki]]
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==Other destinations==
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==Understand==
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===History===
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* The Battle of Dan-no-ura between the Heike and Genji clans in 1185 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dan_no_Ura]
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* The Bombardment of Shimonoseki in 1864  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardment_of_Shimonoseki]
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* The Treaty of Shimonoseki signed in 1895 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Shimonoseki]
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==Talk==
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==Get in==
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* From 2006 access to the area will be improved by the '''New Kitakyushu Airport''', scheduled to open on March 16.
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* There are Shinkansen stops at both Kokura in [[Kitakyushu]] and Shin-Shimonoseki.
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==Get around==
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*Cross the straits on a small high speed ferry between Moji-ko in Kitakyushu and the Kamon Wharf in Shimonoseki.
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==See==
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* Board the oddly shaped ''Voyager'' at Moji-ko to cruise the busy straits in a boat.
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* Visit '''Kaikyo Dramaship''' in Moji-ko to see how Moji used to be and a standing exhibition on the straits.
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==Do==
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* The '''Kanmon Straits summer firework display''' dwarfs all the neighbouring ones. No less than 13,000 fireworks were let off on the 18th annual display held on Saturday, August 13, 2005, 19.55 - 20.45. There were large crowds, to a total of one million or more on both sides of the straits for an awesome display, definitely "the Best in the West" of [[Japan]].
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This display is held on August 13 every year.
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==Eat==
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* Shabu shabu at the JR Moji-ko station
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* Fugu fish at Kamon wharf, Shimonoseki
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==Drink==
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* Mojiko Retro Beer Factory
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==Stay safe==
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==Get out==
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==External links==
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* [http://www.kanmon.gr.jp/ Kanmon straits guide] (Japanese)
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Latest revision as of 04:49, 20 February 2012

The Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon-kaikyō) is a body of water that separates two islands of Japan:


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