2016年01月10日

'Kazura-bashi' means a primitive rope bridge made of vines, and four bridges of this kind remain in Japan.

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It is said that there used to be 13 kazura-bashi bridges in Iya district in Tokushima Prefecture in the 17th century. The picture shows the longest bridge among the existing 4 bridges, the dimensions of which are 45 meters in length and 2 meters in width. This bridge was originally made of vines entirely though, present one is partially made of wire ropes covered with vines. About 350 thousand people vist here every year in spite of the poor transportation facilities, so this bridge is renewed every three years.
This most well-known kazura-bashi aside, there are three other shorter ones are found in Japan. Two are called 'Oku-Iya niju kazura-bashi' double bridges, a combination of a 42 meter long one and a 20 meter long one, in this neighborhood. The last one, 44 meters long, is in Fukui Prefecture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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