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Kazura-Bashi (Vine Bridges)

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

Published 12/10/2015

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 by car 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 Kazura-bashi, follow sights to it 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, 778-0102, Japan

Map It

Phone:

0120-404–344-Miyoshi City Tourism

Sight Details:

  • ¥550 to cross bridge
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 12/10/2015

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