Kintai-kyo Bridge

Kintai-kyo Bridge is an exemplary Japanese wooden bridge and nationally designated as a spot of scenic beauty. In 1673, Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, the third lord of the Iwakuni Domain, built the wooden bridge that would serve as the prototype for the present day Kintai-kyo bridge. It was soon washed away by floods on the Nishiki-gawa River, but improvements were made and the bridge that was rebuilt in 1674 maintained its stately presence for 276 years until it was washed away in the floods brought by Typhoon Kezia in September 1950. After that, it was rebuilt again as a wooden bridge in 1953 based on strong demands from the community. The Heisei Reconstruction Project was started in 2002 to rebuild deteriorating sections of wood, and in March 2004 it was given a new cypress finish. Rebuilding the wooden sections was a periodic tradition on the former Kintai-kyo Bridge (and since the Edo Period) whenever the bridge carpenters changed. The bridge is 210 meters long along its face, or 193.3 meters in a straight line, with a width of 5 meters and an abutment height of 6.6 meters. It was built using a wooden joinery technique that uses metal bands and clamps. The exquisite and creative arched bridge construction is said to be peerless from a modern bridge engineering perspective. Visitors can enjoy scenes enlivened by the colors of the season, whether be it cherry blossoms in Spring, cormorant fishing and fireworks lighting up the summer night sky, fall leaves in the natural forest on Mt. Shiroyama, or a dusting of snow in winter.

INFORMATION

Address
Iwakuni, Iwakuni City
Contact
Iwakuni City Kintai-kyo Section
Open
8:00 AM_5:00 PM (Tour season until 6:00 PM, Summer until 7:00 PM) *In case there is no staff in the ticket booth, please drop your payment on the night admission ticket box. Night lighting is until 10:00 PM. (Access to bridge is 24 hours a day but lights will be out from 10:00 PM.)
Access
20 mins by bus from JR Sanyo Line Iwakuni Station. Get off at Kintai-kyo Bus Stop. 20 mins by bus from JR Sanyo Shinkansen Shin-Iwakuni Station. Get off at Kintai-kyo Bus Stop. 10 mins from Iwakuni IC via Sanyo Expressway
Fee
Adults (Junior high school students and above): Per person 300 yen, Group 250 yen Elementary school students: Per person 150 yen, Group 120 yen (Infants/Preschoolers Free admission) (Kintai-kyo Bridge, Iwakuni Castle Ropeway and Iwakuni Castle Tour Set - Time required: 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours) Discount Adults per person 1,110 yen→940 yen (Group 750 yen per person) Discount Elementary school students per person 520 yen→450 yen (Group 350 yen)

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