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Japan Nagasaki Bridge Tunnel

15 November 2018

All about the bridge

As you shall see, today is all about the bridge, but also a tunnel, and also Mitsubishi, and also a more than 30km great loop around the Nagasaki bay. A great day indeed!

Over the last few days I have photographed the big bridge numerous times, from above, from far away, with ships going under it, but never before did I stand in the middle of it and dodge oncoming trucks to take a photo of its huge road decks. Thats my commitment to the 'art' of walking great distances and occasionally taking a photo.

The bridge was built in 2006 and is a tourist attraction because there is a lot of tour bus parking spots right where you start walking along it, many tourists walked 10 metres for a photo. This tourist walked all the way across after walking to it, crossed over the road several times, then found the bridge shrine, then kept going beyond the bridge to another island, then came back through tunnels to photograph more of the same damn bridge from a different angle. I liked the bridge. Also there were cats, lots of cats, I have a phone pic from where I stopped at a supermarket and I was attacked by an entire gang of rabid cats!

Now back to the bridge, it is called the Megamio bridge. On the far side of the bridge is the Mitsubishi heavy engineering factory, where they make warships from old scrapped Mitsubishi Magnas.

I enjoyed my long loopy walk around Nagasaki, I may have to give Nagasaki my coveted TOP STROLLING CITY award. You can stroll up hills, over bridges, through tunnels, and there is always a view and a cat or ten to keep you company. You can walk a giant loop around the whole place and still be back at your hotel in time to do your washing, which I am doing right now. Let me go check on that and finish typing this shortly....

Holy crap there are a lot of view pics to add comments to.

Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Do you think this guy missed an r or does steet mean something and I am too old to understand?

Do you think this guy missed an r or does steet mean something and I am too old to understand?


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - My hotel is there somewhere. I know I sound old but, HOW ABOUT THIS WEATHER? I have had 3 weeks of perfect weather, the only 2 grey days were when I s

My hotel is there somewhere. I know I sound old but, HOW ABOUT THIS WEATHER? I have had 3 weeks of perfect weather, the only 2 grey days were when I spent all day on a plane or a train.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - This is where you get the boat to Gunkanjima island. I considered it briefly but google told me the boat takes you around it, they may not even let yo

This is where you get the boat to Gunkanjima island. I considered it briefly but google told me the boat takes you around it, they may not even let you off, and if they do there is UP TO a 200 metre path you are allowed to walk along. Interesting sign though.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I dont know what this building is but it is very near to the expensive to gawk at Glover garden.

I dont know what this building is but it is very near to the expensive to gawk at Glover garden.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - There really is a different cruise ship every day. They have a little mini market set up each morning. The tourists visiting for the day were just get

There really is a different cruise ship every day. They have a little mini market set up each morning. The tourists visiting for the day were just getting off as I arrived. You can see them being marched along to their tour buses behind the fence. Some would visit the bridge. Some would probably go to the Dutch theme park.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Eventually much later in the day I would be all the way over the other side staring at those ships being built from behind a fence.

Eventually much later in the day I would be all the way over the other side staring at those ships being built from behind a fence.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I dont think this is a church. I dont think its religious in anyway. I think its just a wedding hall where Japanese people have their 'western wedding

I dont think this is a church. I dont think its religious in anyway. I think its just a wedding hall where Japanese people have their 'western wedding' without mention of Jesus and without some old guy giving you his permission to fornicate with your new wife and produce fresh meat for the church to abuse. I dont dodge the issues.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I thought this photo would turn out better than it did. It likely needs a lot of editing to make the background separate from the rusty foreground wit

I thought this photo would turn out better than it did. It likely needs a lot of editing to make the background separate from the rusty foreground without making the colors of both weird.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - My walk around the old shipping yards was very interesting. At first glance it appears abandoned but often there were some old weathered geezers hangi

My walk around the old shipping yards was very interesting. At first glance it appears abandoned but often there were some old weathered geezers hanging around waiting for a boat to arrive that needs some rusty bits replaced with even rustier bits.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Ahh, there she is. You could see a bit of the bridge above, but this is your first glance of the bridge in all its bridgey glory.

Ahh, there she is. You could see a bit of the bridge above, but this is your first glance of the bridge in all its bridgey glory.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I had already come a long way from down town Nagasaki, a very interesting walk, and not a single hill to climb over!

I had already come a long way from down town Nagasaki, a very interesting walk, and not a single hill to climb over!


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - First I had to loop around under the bridge to get up onto the bridge where I will say the word bridge even more than I have been saying it so far.

First I had to loop around under the bridge to get up onto the bridge where I will say the word bridge even more than I have been saying it so far.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I found a spot to take a photo of NOTHING BUT BRIDGE.

I found a spot to take a photo of NOTHING BUT BRIDGE.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - A lot of cruise ship bus tour groups were taking photos here. So I did also. Of course I waited for my chance when there were no other people. There w

A lot of cruise ship bus tour groups were taking photos here. So I did also. Of course I waited for my chance when there were no other people. There was also a public toilet here! Presumably to stop people urinating off the bridge.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Traffic was very sparse and slow on the bridge. I felt as though it was perfectly safe to stand in the middle of the road. I still suspected the polic

Traffic was very sparse and slow on the bridge. I felt as though it was perfectly safe to stand in the middle of the road. I still suspected the police might come and yell at me, but they did not.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Obviously the views from the bridge were pretty good. A bit windy today (by that I mean gentle breeze) so not a lot of smoke to ruin the view. This is

Obviously the views from the bridge were pretty good. A bit windy today (by that I mean gentle breeze) so not a lot of smoke to ruin the view. This is the view away from Nagasaki. You can tell because you cant see Nagasaki.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - A hydrofoil going to one of the many islands went past at great speed. They must really damage the sea life and ocean floor. There is an even bigger s

A hydrofoil going to one of the many islands went past at great speed. They must really damage the sea life and ocean floor. There is an even bigger ship building yard on that island in the distance.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - There is Nagasaki. The enormous cruise ship looks pathetic and tiny from here.

There is Nagasaki. The enormous cruise ship looks pathetic and tiny from here.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Last shot from the bridge because of the huge solar farm along the rivers edge. Strange place for it I thought.

Last shot from the bridge because of the huge solar farm along the rivers edge. Strange place for it I thought.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - While crossing the bridge I spotted a shrine on one of the hills. So now I had to figure out how to get to it. It wasnt difficult but you do have to f

While crossing the bridge I spotted a shrine on one of the hills. So now I had to figure out how to get to it. It wasnt difficult but you do have to find the road that goes back under the bridge and kind of go backwards. There is a sign though. I think if you want to walk over this bridge you will be able to find the shrine. I provide helpful directions for future generations of bridge crossers.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Its a shrine, and the bridge lurking behind it. I like to presume the shrine exists to appease the earthquake gods into not destroying the bridge.

Its a shrine, and the bridge lurking behind it. I like to presume the shrine exists to appease the earthquake gods into not destroying the bridge.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - The shrine is clearly the best place to view the bridge from. Tour bus tourists miss out. SUCK IT LOSERS. Walking a 30km loop is far better than sitti

The shrine is clearly the best place to view the bridge from. Tour bus tourists miss out. SUCK IT LOSERS. Walking a 30km loop is far better than sitting on a bus.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I think a lot of idiots like to come here and enjoy the view, because everyone has left their sake bottles and vodka cans lined up. Someone even left

I think a lot of idiots like to come here and enjoy the view, because everyone has left their sake bottles and vodka cans lined up. Someone even left their esky?


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Shortly after the shrine I had to make a decision, more exploration on foot or head for home... I voted for more exploration and was soon back down at

Shortly after the shrine I had to make a decision, more exploration on foot or head for home... I voted for more exploration and was soon back down at sea level, taking very low photos of the sea.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - The entire coast was littered with little fishing ports like this. They look more like recreational fishers rather than commercial 'sweep the ocean fl

The entire coast was littered with little fishing ports like this. They look more like recreational fishers rather than commercial 'sweep the ocean floor clean' fishing fleets.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I was looking for a tiny island you can walk out to, this was not it.

I was looking for a tiny island you can walk out to, this was not it.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - The path to my tiny island was filled with a huge amount of disturbing rubbish, it was a bit annoying! I tried my best to not photograph all the aband

The path to my tiny island was filled with a huge amount of disturbing rubbish, it was a bit annoying! I tried my best to not photograph all the abandoned floats and life jackets.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - The far side of the filthy path revealed a causeway to a tiny island, time to get down low and take another photo. This is not used for anything anymo

The far side of the filthy path revealed a causeway to a tiny island, time to get down low and take another photo. This is not used for anything anymore, they used to tie the dolphin hunting fleet up here and cut their delicious fins off.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - The far side of the tiny island revealed an ancient sea wall, one that has defended Japan against hundreds of tsunamis.

The far side of the tiny island revealed an ancient sea wall, one that has defended Japan against hundreds of tsunamis.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Again this area was filled with rubbish, but I found a nice angle where you cant notice it. I liked the colors here.

Again this area was filled with rubbish, but I found a nice angle where you cant notice it. I liked the colors here.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - If only I could walk more than 30km at a time, I could go around there also! Not today, it was time to head back and do my washing.

If only I could walk more than 30km at a time, I could go around there also! Not today, it was time to head back and do my washing.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - The bay has lots of tiny islands, all kinds of weird stuff has happened on them over thousands of Meiji restorations.

The bay has lots of tiny islands, all kinds of weird stuff has happened on them over thousands of Meiji restorations.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I found a supermarket to buy mass manufactured sushi for lunch. And I found this cat. Then more cats appeared. And eventually I had to flee! There wer

I found a supermarket to buy mass manufactured sushi for lunch. And I found this cat. Then more cats appeared. And eventually I had to flee! There were 10 of them at least eyeing off my sushi.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - A tunnel appeared! I love tunnels nearly as much as bridges. Its not the same view but its a cool opportunity to stand in the traffic and mess about w

A tunnel appeared! I love tunnels nearly as much as bridges. Its not the same view but its a cool opportunity to stand in the traffic and mess about with all the settings on your camera while fuel tankers approach! There were actually 2 tunnels I went through, this one was long and had curves in it, but they both had pedestrian walkways.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Another fishing boat area around near the Mitsubishi factory. I like the THREEDEENESS of this photo. My new trend by the way is to capitalize words I

Another fishing boat area around near the Mitsubishi factory. I like the THREEDEENESS of this photo. My new trend by the way is to capitalize words I make up. Also the code editor thing I use to type this into only has an American dictionary for spell check, so I generally use z instead of s like in capitalize cause I hate the red squiggly line.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I did it! I actually succeeded in featuring the bridge and the tunnel in the same photo. I am a certifiable genius.

I did it! I actually succeeded in featuring the bridge and the tunnel in the same photo. I am a certifiable genius.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Here is the Mitsubishi heavy engineering ship building factory number 7. The whole complex goes for many miles, generally there is a huge fence. In th

Here is the Mitsubishi heavy engineering ship building factory number 7. The whole complex goes for many miles, generally there is a huge fence. In this gap in the fence I think I can see a warship being built.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - I still had to get back around to there, where the cruise ship is, or a bit to the left of it. Time to get my jog on or I will never get back.

I still had to get back around to there, where the cruise ship is, or a bit to the left of it. Time to get my jog on or I will never get back.


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - Last photo for today, great colors again here, these boats have been blown up a sewer. I did not expect boats on canals but there actually were numero

Last photo for today, great colors again here, these boats have been blown up a sewer. I did not expect boats on canals but there actually were numerous areas just like this.


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