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  • Mishima Sky Walk
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Sasaharashinden 313
    This suspension bridge located in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture is 400 meters long and is the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan. From a thrilling 70.6 meters in the air, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay. The bridge is quite wide, making it easy to traverse with a stroller or wheelchair. Pets can also be taken on the bridge with the use of a paid rental cart. In the adjoining Sky Garden commercial facility, visitors will find shops selling local vegetables, pickles, jams, and teas, as well as restaurants where they can enjoy a beverage and a light meal.
  • Tsunoshima-ohashi Bridge
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    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Shimonoseki
    A bridge connecting Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture to the island of Tsunoshima. The bridge is also one of the longest non-toll bridges connecting to an isolated island in Japan. The bridge stretching across the emerald green Amagase sea is lovely, and the area is a popular filming location for television shows and commercials. The expansive view, seemingly out of a country other than Japan, is visited by large numbers of tourists year-round. Note that photography is prohibited in the emergency parking zone in the center of the bridge.
  • Tokyo Gate Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Koutou-ku Wakasu - between the central breakwater outside landfill site
    2,618-meter span bridge traversing Tokyo Bay. Renowned for its scenery and nightscape, pedestrians can enjoy a sweeping view of the bay from the walkway. The bridge is lit up after sunset each day and special illumination patterns are implemented several times each year as well. The unique design resembles two dinosaurs facing each other, hence the bridge’s nickname, “Dinosaur Bridge.”
  • Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge
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    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Keganochou 2133-6
    Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge located in Okukuji Prefectural Nature Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is a suspension bridge that crosses over Ryujin Gorge and boasts the longest length in Honshu. There is a carillon called “Mori no Kane” is on the opposite bank, and it is popular among couples as it needs two people to press a button simultaneously. From the hanging bridge of a maximum height of 100 meters, you can do bungie jumping, and there are also various seasonal events such as the koinobori (a carp streamer) festival and the suifusoba festival where Hitachiaki soba noodles, a local specialty, can be enjoyed.

    I think the bridge has no particular purpose except for viewing the gorge below during autumn and occasional bungee jumping? (In Japan, this might be an example of wasteful spending). Still, it...

  • Rainbow Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Minato-ku Kaigan 3
    This large suspension bridge connects Tokyo’s Shibaura and Daiba areas. It’s a popular place for a night drive as it is illuminated in seven colors, and frequently appears on television and in movies. It’s 800 meters long, and features a roughly 1.7-kilometer, free pedestrian path that offers views of the bay during the day and of the Tokyo skyline at night.
  • Tanize Suspension Bridge
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntotsukawamura Tanize
    The Tanize Suspension Bridge is an iron wire suspension bridge over the Totsukawa River that the local villagers built for their own use and at their own expense in 1954. At a length of 297 meters and a height of 54 meters from the surface of the river, it is Japan’s longest suspension bridge for everyday use. Due to safety concerns, no more than twenty people can cross at the same time, and the way it sways when one walks on it makes for a thrilling experience. It affords a view of the clear waters of the Totsukawa River below and the wonderful scenery formed by the surrounding mountains. Crossing this bridge is said to be like walking in the sky. Please be aware that only one-way crossings are allowed during the Golden Week holiday period in May and the O-Bon festival period in the summer.
  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou - Hyogo Prefecture Awaji Iwaya
    Spanning the Akashi Kaikyo Straits and connecting Kobe City to Awajishima Island, this is the world’s longest suspension bridge with a total length of 3,911 meters. Construction started in 1988 and it was completed 10 years later in 1998. The main pillars of the bridge reach a height of approximately 300 meters from the surface of the water below, and at night the suspension cables are illuminated in a variety of colors. There is also a tour available called Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge World that allows visitors to pass through the inspection passageways in the main towers, which are normally off limits, while listening to information about the bridge’s technology and history (reservation required).
  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 1208
    A bridge 173 meters high and 390 meters long. Completed in 2006, it is the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan. The scenery from the bridge is, in a word, superb, and those traversing its length can get sweeping views of such sights as Narukogawa Ravine and a stunning Shindo-no-taki waterfall, with larger and smaller sub-waterfalls. Visiting in fall to see the autumn foliage is particularly recommended.

    Visited the Kokonoe Yume suspension bridge which spans over a valley with two small waterfalls on one side of valley. Lovely views with trees turning color on both sides of bridge.

  • Lake Biwa Ohashi Toll Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga prefecture Otsu city/Moriyama city
    A toll bridge connecting Imakatata, Otsu City and Imahama-cho, Moriyama City. Opened in 1964, the 1.4-kilometer-long bridge, connecting the east and west shores of Lake Biwa, has come to play a key role in transportation in the prefecture. Lanes for bicycles and walkers were added in 1980.
  • Kawazu Nanadaru Loop Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Nashimoto
    Located close to the popular sightseeing spot Kawazu Nanadaru in Kawazu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture is this huge double loop bridge stretching 1.1 kilometers in length, 80 meters in diameter, and 45 meters in height. Learning lessons from previous landslides caused by earthquakes, the National Route 414 was completed and the bridge has been constructed for cars to travel up or down the steep slope by traveling around two large loops. The loops of the road encircle a car park operated by the town. The bridge is a popular Kawazu sightseeing spot where you can enjoy the natural Izu greenery, and during the Kawazu cherry blossom festival the cherry blossom trees at the bottom of the bridge are all lit up at night.
  • Bandai Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandai - Shimogamikawa Maeda/Kawabata Town
    The Bandai Bridge is a road bridge that carries National Route 7 across the Shinano River. Built in 1929, the current Bridge was the third bridge to be constructed on this site. The Bridge remained intact during the Niigata Earthquake of 1964, and played an important role in the evacuation of residents affected by the earthquake and in subsequent reconstruction work. The Bandai Bridge has been designated an Important Cultural Property, and now is a symbol of Niigata City as well.
  • Ebisu Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    This is a bridge over the Dotonbori River in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka, located connecting the center of the downtown areas of Shinsaibashi-suji and Ebisubashi-suji. The bridge is also often called “Hikkake-bashi” (pick-up bridge) locally. On the southwest side is the Glico signboard, a popular spot for taking commemorative photos. The bridge is also famous as the spot where many young people jumped into the Dotonbori River when the Hanshin Tigers won the championship or when the Japanese national team won the soccer World Cup. There is a circular area on the current bridge where tourists can easily stop.
  • Kasado Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi ken Shimomatsu city nostril
    This bridge over Kasado Bay in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, connects Kudamatsu City and Kasado Island. This beautiful red truss bridge was completed in 1970 and is a symbol of Kudamatsu City. Kasado Island is said to be where Kojiro SASAKI stopped on his way to Kyushu while following Musashi MIYAMOTO.
  • Oshima Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Oshima-gun Suo Prefecture Oshima-cho/Yanai City
    A 1,020-meter-long bridge between Yanai City and Suo-Oshima Town, Oshima County in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The bridge was constructed with continuous trusses on the world’s first multi-pillar foundation in order to combat tidal damage. There is a footpath on the east side of the bridge, which guests can walk or bike along. It’s a very popular spot to shoot scenes for movies and commercials.
  • Eshima Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Sakai City, Tottori Prefecture
    This bridge is also known as the “Beta stepping slope” connecting Watari-cho, Sakaiminato City in Tottori Prefecture and Yatsuka-cho, Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture. This bridge is 1,450 meters long, 45 meters high and is the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan. It is popular to take a photo from the Oshima island with a telephoto lens to capture the impact of the scene.
  • Mihama Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Mihama-ku Utase 3
    This road bridge spans the mouth of the Hanami River, and you can see the scenery of the Makuhari Shintoshin (New Downtown) area, including Tokyo Bay, Makuhari Messe and Chiba Marine Stadium. Connecting the beaches of Makuhari and Kemigawa, it is a spot where you can enjoy the Chiba City townscape and the night-view towards Tokyo in the distance.
  • Venus Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Koubekoujikata Inside the driveway again
    A spiral-shaped bridge forming a figure eight over the Futatabisan Driveway on the way from the Kinsei-dai observatory to the observatory on top of Mt. Suwayama. In the evening, visitors to the bridge can enjoy a view of the Port of Kobe, Meriken Park, and the surrounding nightscape, and the structure is an extremely popular sightseeing destination due to the ease with which it can be reached and because of its excellent view. The Venus Terrace observatory is located a little further up the mountain, and the Love Lock Monument can also be found here-a popular destination for couples, sweethearts make vows of love in the name of Venus, goddess of love, writing them on a lock and snapping it onto the monument to seal their promise.
  • Nusamai Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Kitaodori
    At the time the bridge was built in 1889, it was the longest wooden bridge in Hokkaido. The current bridge is the fifth reconstruction and was completed in 1976. Nusamai Bridge is counted as one of the top three bridges in Hokkaido. The four sculptures of nudes, representing the four seasons, on its handrails give the bridge an exotic feel. Enjoy the fantastic sight of sunset, street lights, and the four sculptures, with the vast ocean in the background.
  • Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Higashiya Tube production 620
    The Heike clan built this bridge about 800 years ago in order to get access to their horse-riding grounds in Mt. Tsurugi for training. It is also called the “male bridge, female bridge” and the “couple’s bridge” as there are two vine bridges which run in parallel beside each other. Immediately upstream of the female bridge, there is a “wild monkey” rope bridge where you traverse the valley by pulling the rope manually—it will be a valuable experience.
  • Ikema Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara
    The Ikema Ohashi Bridge is a 1,425-meter-long bridge connecting Miyako Island and Ikema Island. It had a total construction cost of 9.9 billion yen and opened in February 1992. The bridge is popular as the perfect driving course due to it running over very clear emerald green seas. It is approximately 35 minutes by car from Miyako Airport.

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