Kintai Bridge

An Iconic Japanese Bridge with a Beautiful and Unique Wooden Arch.

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Bridge

Kintai Bridge has been designated as a National Scenic Location of Japan, and it is also one of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges.
It is a beautiful and large 5-story arch bridge, with a total length of 193.3 meters and a width of 5 meters.

It was built in 1673, taking inspiration from Kintai Bridge in West Lake, Hangzhou, China.
Later, in 1950, the bridge was washed away in a flood, and it was then rebuilt in 1953.
In 2004 Japan’s Kintai Bridge was named a sister bridge to Hangzhou’s Kintai Bridge, and a stone monument commemorating the bridges’ relationship is being built.

Kintai Bridge has a unique structure unlike anything else in all the world, and it is also hoping to be registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Thanks to the durable wooden arches that make up the bridge, the it becomes even sturdier as pressure from above is applied. You can clearly see the technique used for the wooden arches’ construction from beneath the bridge.

Depending on the season, the bridge may be lit up at night.
Kintai Bridge is also a famous cherry blossom viewing location. It is a beautiful area in all four seasons, with cherry blossoms in the spring, cormorant fishing and fireworks in the summer, autumn leaves of the surrounding forest in the fall, and snow scenes in the winter.

Highlights

  • One of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges.
  • Chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.
  • Designated as a National Scenic Location of Japan.
  • Praised for its skilled craftsmanship, which was spurred on by a passion to create “a bridge that will not be washed away.”

Photos

  • Kintai Bridge

    Kintai Bridge

  • Kintai Bridge

    Kintai Bridge

  • Kintai Bridge

    Kintai Bridge

  • Kintai Bridge

    Kintai Bridge

  • Cherry blossoms at night

    Cherry blossoms at night

  • Kintai bridge lit up

    Kintai bridge lit up

Reviews

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  • 苗苗

    波浪型木造橋樑,木材間不用任何一根釘子,完全展現日本工匠職人技術。

  • AnAan

    建築技術含量高的橋樑!

  • Sarah Liu

    特別的木造結構橋樑,吸引了眾多的遊客,橋邊有幾個臨時攤販有飲料也有賣水果,附近還有䌫車可以搭乘。

  • HOHO

    很特別的拱橋橋墩是由石頭堆疊而成,橋身完全為木造,工法相當複雜,又被稱為日本三大名橋之一。

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Details

Name in Japanese
錦帯橋
Postal Code
741-0062
Address
1 Iwakuni, Iwakuni city, Yamaguchi
Tel
0827-41-1477 (Nishikikawa Railroad Company, Iwakuni Administration Office)
Business Hours
Bridge accessible 24 hours a day (lights shut off at 22:00)
Closed
Open every day
Admission
12 years and up 310 yen. Elementary school students 150 yen.
(When no personnel are in the toll booth, please put the toll into the nighttime toll box before crossing)
Access
About 20 minutes by bus from Iwakuni Station, or about 12 minutes by bus from Shin-Iwakuni Station
Official Website
Official Website (English)