Saruhashi Bridge

The bridge is one of the "Three Strange Bridges of Japan" and has an unusual structure that spans the deep and beautiful gorge of the Katsura River.

Bridge

This unique and rare bridge is 30.9m long and 3.3m wide, and is supported not by piers but by four layers of splinters sticking out from both banks due to the deep gorge (31m high). It is one of the three strangest bridges in Japan, along with the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni and the bridge in Kiso. It is also known for being depicted in "Koyo Saruhashi no Zu" by Hiroshige Utagawa and "Shokoku Dōchū Kane no Waraji" by Ikku Jippensha.

It is said that the bridge was successfully built with the inspiration of the sight of many monkeys crossing the river together, which is also the origin of the name "Saruhashi" (monkey bridge).

The promenade leading to the Saruhashi Neighborhood Park is also known as a famous place for hydrangeas, with about 3,000 hydrangeas in full bloom in late June. In the fall, the maple trees and maple leaves change color and beautiful autumn leaves can be seen.

Highlights

  • The bridge has an unusual structure; it does not use any piers at all, but instead it is supported by four layers of splinters.
  • It is one of the three strangest bridges in Japan.
  • About 3,000 hydrangeas bloom along the promenade in late June.
  • You can see the remains of the Saruhashi Lava Flow, which is the northernmost point of the lava flow reached when Mt. Fuji erupted in the past.

Photos

  • Saruhashi Bridge, one of the three most strange bridges in Japan

    Saruhashi Bridge, one of the three most strange bridges in Japan

  • Saruhashi Bridge is supported by curved four-layered wood splints, which is an unusual structure.

    Saruhashi Bridge is supported by curved four-layered wood splints, which is an unusual structure.

  • In June, about 3,000 hydrangeas bloom along the promenade.

    In June, about 3,000 hydrangeas bloom along the promenade.

  • In autumn, you can see the Saruhashi Bridge surrounded by beautiful autumn leaves.

    In autumn, you can see the Saruhashi Bridge surrounded by beautiful autumn leaves.

  • Remains of Saruhashi Lava Flow

    Remains of Saruhashi Lava Flow

  • Saruhashi Bridge in the snow

    Saruhashi Bridge in the snow

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Details

Name in Japanese
猿橋
Postal Code
409-0614
Address
Saruhashi, Saruhashimachi, Otsuki City, Yamanashi
Tel
0554-22-2942 (Otsuki City Tourism Association)
Admission
Free
Regular Holidays
None
Hours of operation
None specified
Access
15-minute walk from JR Saruhashi Station
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)