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Historical Building: Kintaikyo Bridge

By Staff Writer
January 27, 2023
Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is one of the most famous wooden bridges in Japan and is designated as a historic site and a natural monument of scenic beauty, as it is of high artistic and ornamental value. The bridge was rebuilt in 1674 and remained standing for 276 years until it was washed away by a flood caused by a typhoon in September 1950. The bridge was rebuilt in the following years, and in 2002, the deteriorated wooden part was replaced, and in March 2004, the bridge was completed with a new cypress look. The bridge is 210 meters long along its face, 193.3 meters straight, 5 meters wide, and 6.6 meters high at its abutments. The bridge can still be crossed without reservation with a Kintai Bridge entrance ticket (310 yen).
Kintai Bridge
Kintai Bridge with a forest hillside in the background
Long distance view of Kintai Bridge
Aerial view of Kintai Bridge by Iwakuni
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