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Iya-no-Kazurabashi Bridge (祖谷のかずら橋)


Historical Monument

Designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property of the country, the 45 meter long and two meter wide suspension bridge crosses the clear running waters of the Iya River at a height of 14 meters above the water’s surface. The bridge is made of hardy kiwi vines that grow wild in the cold mountains and are replaced once every three years. Various views exist as to why the bridge was originally built, one of which says that it was constructed by fugitives of the Taira clan who, in order to prevent attackers getting close, built it out of vines so they could quickly cut it down. Another probable story says that it was made by the saint, Kobo Daishi, who used to roam the valleys of Iya, in order to help stricken villagers.


Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 162-2 (IyaArea)

phone 0883760877

It depends on the season

Review of Iya Kazura Bridge

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/02/25 Exciting
It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Iya Valley area. You can take a bus from the Oboke station (not so frequent though) or via taxi, if you are not driving. It only takes a few minutes...
Reviewed:2020/02/11 one of a kind experience
The most accessible and popular vine bridge as you can access it by JR and also car. Just 5 mins from the parking lot and you will see a breathtaking view. The valley is beautiful and the bridge is...
Reviewed:2019/12/23 Look not very dangerous, but feel differently when you are walking on it
I always wonder why people are walking so slowly on the bridge and catch the rail so carefully, because it does not look so dangerous. But you will feel differently when you are walking on it, try it...

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Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 162-2 [map]
It depends on the season
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[Elementary School Students]350yen
Parking Lot
Available(Cars286spaces, Large Bus 14spaces)
*Please use Kazurabashi Yumemai spaces.
Credit Card
Not available
Not available
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 19, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Tokushima Areas


          The southeastern corner of Shikoku is home to Tokushima prefecture, a region celebrated for its luscious nature and the nation’s favorite Awa Odori, an energetic dance to which an annual summer festival has been dedicated. Keeping the upbeat tempo, whirlpools excite the Naruto sea off Tokushima, while inland, dramatic cliffs line the Iya Valley, promising unrivaled views of vast and vibrant scenery.