The Hyogo Canal is the largest canal in Japan. It was excavated to make a wate way that links the Suma area to the Hyogo Port without having to take a roundabout route via Cape Wada, known as a site of many shipwrecks. In Meiji 8 (1875), the Shinkawa Canal was completed, and in Meiji 32 (1899) the whole canal was opened. This allowed for safe navigation of ships, and housing on both banks was promoted. Along the Canal Promenade, which was paved as a 300-meter waking trail, the history of the Hyogo Canal is introduced with illustrated panels.