I traveled to Iwakuni, Miyajima and Hiroshima for 3 days and 2 nights in early December. In this article, I will write about Kintai-kyo Bridge in Iwakuni. Kintaikyo Bridge is well-known as one of the most three famous bridges in Japan and its wooden arches were elegant and powerful.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Iwakuni: Kintaikyo Bridge [This article]
* Iwakuni: Iwakuni Castle [Related article]
* Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine (daytime at high tide) [Related article]
* Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine (daytime at low tide) [Related article]
* Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine (evening and night) [Related article]
* Miyajima: Others [Related article]
* Hiroshima: Hiroshima Castle [Related article]
* Hiroshima: Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park [Related article]
I flew from Tokyo (Haneda airport) to Iwakuni Kintaikyo airport and took a bus to Kintaikyo Bridge.
Kintaikyo Bridge is a wooden arch bridge and one of the most famous bridges in Japan. Originally, it was built in 1673 and washed way by heavy rains twice, and the current bridge was re-built in 1953. The most prominent feature of Kintaikyo Bridge is its structure of wooden arches, which makes the bridge unique.
First, I looked at the bridge from the side of a road.
I walked down to riverside.
I looked up from the bottom.
I took photos beneath the bridge.
From the opposite side.
Now I will cross the bridge.
I bought a set ticket that included the Kintaikyo Bridge, the ropeway, and Iwakuni Castle, as I planed to visit Iwakuni Castle later.
View from the bridge.
There were boats for cormorant fishing.
Now I was about to reach the goal.
After I crossed the bridge, I took several photos from this side, though it was against the sun.
The final photo was taken just below the bridge.
Then, I took a ropeway and visited Iwakuni Castle. I will write about it in the next article.
That’s it for the article about the Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni. The main objective in this trip was to visit Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, and to be honest, I visited the Kintaikyo Bridge, just because it was near Miyajima. However, the bridge was more beautiful than I expected, so if you plan to visit Miyajima, I would recommend you also visit the Kintaikyo Bridge 🙂
(To be continued)
Kintaikyo Bridge (Iwakuni City homepage)