Shikoku Sights

Kazura-Bashi (Vine Bridges)

  • Nishi-Iya Sanzon Village Map It
  • Miyoshi City
  • Bridge/Tunnel

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

Iya's most famous feature is its trio of kazura-bashi (vine bridges) spanning its gorges. The most popular—referred to by most signs, maps, and locals simply as "Kazura-bashi"—is 20 minutes from Oboke Station. A less-visited pair are closer to Mt. Tsurugi. The bridges date back 800 years, to the aftermath of the momentous Gempei War, when the defeated Heike clan fled to these valleys after losing to the rival Minamoto clan. If the refugees were attacked, they could cut the vines at a moment's notice. These days, thin steel wires reinforce the precarious planks, and fresh vines are restrung every three years, but it still feels death-defying to cross the boards over the rivers. To visit the more popular bridge, follow signs to Kazura-bashi from Route 32 or Route 45. If you're driving, park in the cheaper lots up the hill. The tall waterfall down the path is free, but you'll pay to cross the bridge.

Sight Information

Address:

Nishi-Iya Sanzon Village, Miyoshi City, Tokushima-ken, 778-0102, Japan

Map It

Phone:

0883-72–7620

Sight Details:

  • ¥500 to cross bridge
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 10/27/2015

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Shikoku

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.