Monday, September 10, 2012

Kintaikyo Bridge


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Iwakuni in Yamaguchi is most well known for its Kintaikyo Bridge.

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Originally built in 1673 by the first Lord of Iwakuni who built Iwakuni castle on top the mountain.

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The unique 5-arched bridge spans the Nishiki River and is 200 meters long and 5 meters wide.

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One of the 3 Great Bridges of Japan, it was originally built without using any nails and reconstructed several times but the current version, built following a disasterous typhoon and flood in 1950, does.

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Until 1868 only the Daimyo and his vassals could cross the bridge, but since then it has been open to all people, for a small entrance fee.

2 comments:

  1. The bridge as well as the castle are very nice!
    I think the best time to visit is in spring, but I never got around to visit then.
    I went in summer many years ago.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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