The Brocade Bridge


This unusual bridge is in Iwakuni, in Yamagushi Prefecture. You can visit it easily from Hiroshima. It has 5 wooden arches, set on stone pillars and it was built in 1673. It is 175m long. It is called the kintaikyo, which means the brocade sash bridge, because people think it looks like the obi sash belt that Japanese women wear with kimono. My brother and I tried to figure out if it would be possible to drive a car over it. We think probably not (it would get stuck at the low bits between the arches) but it would be fun to try 😉
In the cherry blossom season it gets very crowded, but the rest of the time you’ll have the place pretty much to yourself!

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