This bridge has been Iwakuni's iconic symbol since its construction in 1673. The 200m bridge has five wooden arches, without the use of any nails, that rest on massive stone pillars to cross over the Nishiki River. This is considered one of three most beautiful bridges in Japan, along with Nihonbashi Bridge in Tokyo and Meganebasho ('spectacles bridge') in Nagasaki.
The bridge, modeled on the 6-arch bridge in Hangzhou, China, was commissioned by a feudal lord to withstand floods and had lasted until 1950 when a violent typhoon hit this area. The current bridge is a precise reconstruction of the original completed in 1953. The bridge festival is held on the fourth Sunday of April to celebrate a splendid scenery of 3,000 cherry trees in full bloom.
Purposecouple,elderly,cherry blossom viewing,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Matsuyama Airport (about 61.4km) Google Transit
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3.03 weeks ago
Not much to do and you need a ticket to cross so you can't come and go as you please. Otherwise very pretty, and there are often things going on that you can watch like music and dance acts. Worth a trip up to the castle (the walk is easily doable for most) great views from the top and an impressive sword collection inside.
5.0a week ago
Nice historical bridge. Many parking space and shops arcade along the surrounding street. Pretty hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Prepare yourself with proper clothes.
5.0a month ago
There are very few old fashioned bridges which you'll be able to walk over. Kintai Kyo remains the gateway from modern Japan to the foot of the Kintai Castle. The arches are steep as they're designed by wood. A must visit spot if you're in the area. It costs a few bucks to cross over and places you at the little shopping area as you head towards the castle. The clear blue tranquil waters underneath reflect so well under the morning sun.
4.0a month ago
A unique bridge with five arches. Be advised that if you want to see the spectacle effect of the arches the water level needs to be sufficient. During my visit the water level was low therefore you can't see the spectacle effect. Still an interesting bridge to visit.
5.0a month ago
Went there on a rainy day but it's really an interesting bridge with a view. Enjoy the walk on it :) If you have Hiroshima Tourist Pass, it easy to get here from Hiroshima BC and have Y$200 discount off the combo ticket.
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This bridge is one of the tree beautiful bridges in Japan. Its unique figure and beautiful scenery of the Kikko park attract lots of travelers all year round.
This bridge is one of the tree beautiful bridges in Japan.
Its unique figure and beautiful scenery of the Kikko park attract lots of travelers all year round.