The largest oil stockpile site in the world

The Nippon Oil Corporation’s Kiire Base managed by its subsidiary (Nippon Oil Staging Terminal Company Limited) in Kiire Nakamyo-cho (formerly Ibusuki-gun, Kiire-cho), Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, began operating in September, 1969. It is the world’s largest oil stockpile site of 7.35 million KL. Read More »

The tallest lighthouse in the world – Yokohama Marine Tower

Yokohama Marine Tower was inaugurated in 1961 for the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Yokohama port. It is 106 meters high and the tallest lighthouse in the world. This is recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records. Read More »

The most beautiful hotel in the world. Imperial Hotel light hall

Imperial Hotel light hall (帝国ホテルライト館) was built on September 1st 1923. It was designed by maestro Frank Floyd Wright who was so familiar with Japan as to own thousands of Ukiyoe. It is praised as a masterpiece in Japanese architecture. Read More »

Nagasaki Airport: The Worlds First Seadrome

Nagasaki Airport (長崎空港) opened as the world’s first authentic seadrome on May 1, 1975. Located on Minoshima Island it floats almost in the centre of Omura Bay in Nagasaki Prefecture. Read More »

Sky Gate Bridge R: The longest truss bridge in the world

Construction on the access bridge to Kansai International Airport (KIX) was finished in March 1994 and was opened to traffic in September of the same year. It has a total length of 3,750m and is the longest truss bridge in the world. The bridge supports both road and rail access to the airport. Read More »

The first floating turnable bridge in the world: Yumemai-ohashi

Yumemai-ohashi was built between Maishima, the artificial island built in the Gulf of Osaka, and Yumeshima Island in the Konohana Ward of Osaka City in 2001. This was the first floating turntable bridge constructed in the world. Read More »

Tokyo Bay Aqua Tunnel: The best undersea tunnel in the world

On December 18, 1997, Tokyo Bay Aqua-line opened. It is the motorway where Ukishima in Kawasaki City (Kanagawa Prefecture) connects with Nakashima in Kisarazu City (Chiba prefecture). The total length of this line is 15.1km, with a tunnel length of 9.576m ascending and 9.583m descending, making it the best undersea tunnel in the world constructed by the shield tunneling. Read More »

The inner sanctuary of the Grand Shrine of Izumo was once the world’s largest wooden structure

It is said that the inner sanctuary of the Grand Shrine of Izumo was once very large. It was 32jo high (about 97m) in ancient times. In the Heian era it was 16jo (about 48m) high, which is larger than the 15jo (1jo = approx. 3.03m) of the Todaji Temple of the Great Buddha, Japan’s oldest great shrine. The present inner sanctuary was built in 1744 and is 8jo (about 24m) high. Other areas pay respect to the great shine and no one is supposed to build another shrine that is 24m high or that surpasses it. Read More »

The longest undersea tunnel in the world. Eurotunnel crossing the Strait of Dover

The Eurotunnel, a 38km long undersea tunnel that passes under the Strait of Dover, was completed in 1991. Read More »

The Odate Sea of Trees Dome, one of the world’s largest wooden domes

The Odate Sea of Trees Dome is one of the world’s largest wooden domes. It is located in Odate City, Akita Prefecture. This is the hometown of the faithful dog Hachiko. Its size is as long as 178m along the major axis, 157m along the minor axis, and it is 52m high. It surpasses the greatest local dome, the Izumo Dome (diameter of 140.7m, height of 48.9m), the Tacoma Dome in Washington state (160m along the major axis), and a dome-shaped gym of Michigan State University (162m in diameter). It can therefore compete with the other largest domes of the world. Read More »

The world’s first two double-deck bridges (the shape of four eyes) – Wasyuzan Tunnel

Wasyuzan Tunnel was bored through Mt. Wasyu at Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture in 1988. There are two tunnels for cars in the upper part and two tunnels for trains in the lower part. This structure of two double-deck bridges (the shape of four eyes) was used for the first time in the world. Read More »

Seikan Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the world

In March 13, 1988, the Seikan Tunnel, which connects Hakodate-shi in Hokkaido with Aomori Prefecture in Honshu, was opened to traffic. The length of the tunnel is 53.85 km making it the longest undersea tunnel in the world. The length of the submarine portion is 23.3km. Read More »

The longest and best bridge in the world: Akashi Kaikyo

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, opened for traffic in 1998, is 3,911m in full length and the longest suspension bridge in the world in 2007. Although it was constructed in an ocean space with a rapid current, it was built with bridge technology with world record level pride.
One of the three Honshu-Shikoku Bridges which connect Shikoku to Honshu is now shared as the Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway. Read More »

Todaiji: The temple with the world’s biggest wooden building Zoshichou, Nara-shi

Todaiji Temple of Zoshichou, Nara-shi.

In 743(Tenpyo era 15), according to an order of Kokubunji elected by the Emperor Shomu two years before, the construction of Todaiji Temple was requested as the head temple of all provincial temples in Japan.

In 747, the Hall of the Great Buddha was started to be built. A consecrating ceremony of the newly made Great Buddha was held in 752(Tenpyoshoho 4). The Hall of the Great Buddha which was 1.5 times wider than today, was destroyed by fire in two wars. The current Hall of the Great Buddha is 57m wide(east-west), 50.5m long (north-south)and 47.5m high. It was rebuilt in 1709, in the Edo era(Hoei 6). Nandai-mon, Kaizan-do and Hokke-do-raido are buildings of Todaiji Temple left from the Kamakura era.

In 1993 Todaiji Temple was registered as one of the world’s cultural heritage. It is a treasure of Global Buddhism.

The longest monorail in the world

The Osaka monorail was the longest monorail in the world with a length of 21.2 kilometres. As of April 2007, it is 28.0 kilometres long, which is still breaking the record. Read More »

Hakkoda Tunnel – The longest land-based double track tunnel in the world

The Hakkoda Tunnel, completed in February 2005, is located between Tenmabayashi-mura and Aomori City in Aomori Prefecture, with a total length of 26,455m. It is the longest land-based double track tunnel in the world. Read More »