Walking on Historical Footbridges in Japan

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  • Long time ago, Japanese people used to walk rather than commute by train. Roads were not yet fully constructed for the passage of vehicles. This was actually their way of life. They have to go on foot from one place to the other. To make things more accessible, they created footbridges. Footbridges are only used for pedestrians even nowadays.

    Some of the Footbridges
    Wagatani Suspension Bridge


    Wagatani Suspension Bridge is located in Ishikawa prefecture. This is a bridge which crosses the lake connecting the dam. Since there are lots of mosquitoes especially during summer, it is best to put on mosquito repellant lotion.

    The Kokonoe Grand Suspension Bridge

    The Kokonoe Grand Suspension Bridge is found in Oita, Japan. This is 390 meters long and is considered to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge! From such a high area, you can actually see a lot of nature. It overlooks Shindonotaki Falls. Admission fee ranges from 200 yen-500 yen.

    Saru Bridge


    A traditional footbridge is the Saru Bridge which was made during the Edo period. It was said to be one of the main national highways. The bridge is made of beams placed on top of each other. Surprisingly, each beam has a little roof for rain protection.

    Meganebashi or Spectacles Bridge


    Meganebashi or Spectacles Bridge is an old 7th century stone bridge. It consists of two arches which paved the way towards naming it “Spectacles.” This makes it unique from all the other footbridges. It primarily crosses the Nakashima River in Nagasaki. A flood badly damaged this bridge but it was still retrieved into its original state by the Japanese.

    Iya Valley Bridge


    The most popular one is the Iya Valley Bridge. This bridge originated from vines which were allowed to grow naturally on both sides. Tying the vines together on both end then formed the bridge. This is the easiest bridge to get to. It is said to be rebuilt every 3 years so as to preserve it.