【The top three bridges in Japan】日本三名橋










I introduce the top three bridges in Japan.

Nihon-Bashi Bridge(Tokyo)

The first of Nihon-Bashi Bridge was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603, the first shogun of the Edo shogunate, based on the National Highway Facilities. It is the base of the Five Highways. You can often see a picture of it in ukiyo-e. The current bridge completed in 1911, but is a bit of a disappointment to me as the Metropolitan Highway running over it.

Kintaikyo Bridge(Yamaguchi)

It is a beautiful arched bridge over the Nishiki River in Iwakuni City. It was built in 1673 by the lord of Iwakuni, Yoshikawa Hiroyoshi. It was made of wood without a single nail and is supported by masonry piers. The bridge was washed away in a typhoon in 1950, so the current bridge is from 1953. It is also the subject of ukiyo-e pictures. It is beautiful in harmony with the view towards Iwakuni Castle.

Megane-Bashi Bridge(Nagasaki)

The Megane-Bashi Bridge is the common name for the double-arched stone bridge built-in 1634. The name comes from the fact that it looks like a pair of glasses when combined with the reflection of the bridge in the river. The number of such bridges is very small in Japan because the rivers are blocked during floods. Go down the stone steps and look for the Heart Stone. You will found in the most unexpected places. (Pictured above.)

The bridge has been standing for about 300-400 years and it has made our

lives more convenient. I admire the ancient people who thought of this.


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