The Kanmon Straits is an area in Japan. Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon kaikyou) 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 Kanmonkyo road bridge was completed in 1973. It is the 34th longest in the world at 712 metres in length.
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.
From 2006 access to the area will be improved by the New Kitakyushu Airport, scheduled to open on March 16. There are Shinkansen stops at both Kokura in Kitakyushu and Shin-Shimonoseki.
This display is held on August 13 every year.