Ganryujima Island, located in Kanmon Strait, is famous as the location of the Duel of Ganryujima Island between legendary swordsmen, Kojiro Sasaki and Musashi Miyamoto, on April 13, 1612. The island also affords a wonderful commanding view across Kanmon strait; townscape of Moji on the right and that of Shimonoseki on the left, and Kanmon Bridge linking the islands of Honshu and Kyushu on the far back. The narrowest part of the strait is called "Hayatomonoseto" at the foot of Mt. Hinoyama. Its width is approximately 670 m, and the depth of water is approximately 13 m. Approximately 600 ships, large and small, go by per day.
Kanmon Strait is famous for its historical events such as the Battle of Dan-no-ura, the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits, and the Shimonoseki Campaign. The battle of Dan-no-ura, which took place in or quite near Kanmon Strait, was the culmination of the Genpei War. The Battle of Shimonoseki Straits and the Shimonoseki Campaign triggered the Meiji Restoration.
Here is your chance to recall historical events and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Kanmon Strait!
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