Scary...but keep your composure! 5 thrilling suspension bridges in Japan with spectacular views!

Scary...but keep your composure! 5 thrilling suspension bridges in Japan with spectacular views!
Japan is a mountainous country with numerous rivers, which contributed to the construction of suspension bridges and
as a result, they have become popular tourist destinations.
The suspension bridges are beautiful even from afar, but this time we will introduce you to those bridges you can actually cross and experience thrilling and tingle feelings
and moreover watch the same time a spectacular view.

1. Mishima Sky Walk|Shizuoka

Mishima Sky Walk

|The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan overlooking Mount Fuji!

The Mishima Skywalk in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan. It is 400 meters long and can be crossed by baby strollers, wheelchairs, and even pet dogs with the use of special carts.
For this reason, the bridge is 1.6 meters wide. It is also designed with safety in mind so that 2,100 adults can cross at the same time.
Mishima Sky Walk
The highest point is 70.6 meters high! To avoid being affected too much by the wind, a wind path has been created on the walkway surface,
but it is also designed to sway moderately to give tourists a thrilling experience. The swaying of the walkways caused by vibration and wind will make you stop to take a breath.
Mishima Sky Walk
However, the view from the bridge is truly spectacular. You can see the mountains of Izu and even Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in Japan, and if the weather is fine, you can clearly see Mt. Fuji! The deepest bay in Japan, the highest mountain in Japan, and the longest suspension bridge in Japan, this is a luxurious spot, don't miss it.
【Address】313 Sasahara Shinden, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0012
【Fees】Adults: 1,100 yen, junior and high school students: 500 yen, elementary school students: 200 yen (free for infants)
【Open period】9:00 ー 17:00
【Japanese WEB site】
【English PDF】Pamphlet in English
【Access】20 minutes by bus from JR Mishima Station
(Take the Tokai Bus from the South Exit No. 5 platform and get off at "Mishima Skywalk")

2. Tanise Suspension Bridge|Nara

 Tanise Suspension Bridge

|A terrifying bridge that can be crossed by no more than 20 people at once

The "Tanise Suspension Bridge" in Totsukawa Village, Nara Prefecture, is a 297-meter-long, 54-meter-high suspension bridge that was built in 1954 by villagers with their private
funds for daily use. It is also the most popular tourist spot in the village, with its spectacular view of the towering mountains,
the wind blowing through trees, and the clear Totsukawa River flowing below.
 Tanise Suspension Bridge
The bridge is about 80 centimeters wide, barely enough for one person to pass, and when you step on it, you will hear trees creaking and loud shaking.
Tanise Suspension Bridge has a different manner of vibration and sound at the edge and in the center, so you will experience a different kind of fear as you go across the bridge.
It is said that if couples cross the bridge together holding each other's hands they fall even more in love with each other.

The path is even marked with a warning sign that says, "It is dangerous for more than 20 people to cross at a time," yet locals pass by on two-wheeled vehicles, and elementary school students use it as a route to school... For those who are afraid of heights, this is an unbelievable daily occurrence...
Also, on August 4, Suspension Bridge Day, there is an event where five taiko drums are beaten on the bridge. It is a truly thrilling suspension bridge to watch.

3. Oku-Iya Niju Kazura Bashi (Double Vine Bridges)|Tokushima

Oku-Iya Niju Kazura Bashi (Double Vine Bridges)

|An unusual bridge in an unexplored region with 800 years of history

The Kazura Bridge is said to have been built by the Taira clan about 800 years ago. In Iya, Tokushima Prefecture, there are 3 of these bridges remaining: the "Iya No Kazura Bridge," one of the three most unusual bridges in Japan, and the "Oku-Iya Niju Kazura Bridge" in the Oku-Iya valley.
The "Oku-Iya Niju-Kazura Bridge" is the collective name for two bridges, a "male" bridge and a "female" bridge, which are also called "husband and wife" bridges.

The "male" bridge, 42 meters long, 12 meters high, and 2 meters wide, is made of multiple layers of woven ivy and is already a spectacular sight as it seems to be absorbed into the dense, deep green foliage.
Oku-Iya Niju Kazura Bashi (Double Vine Bridges)
▲"male" bridge
However, while the Iya Kazura Bridge is reinforced with wires, the Oku-Iya Niju-Kazura Bridge is only minimally strengthened,
so the creaking sound that echoes every time you walk, the shaking that does not stop, and the river seen through the gaps between the footboards are truly scary!
The ethereal air that seems to swallow you into another world also enhances the sense of fear.

The "Onna-bashi" (female bridge) is 22 meters long, 1.2 meters wide, and 4 meters high, and a bit smaller than the male bridge, but sways well with even the slightest step.
Oku-Iya Niju Kazura Bashi (Double Vine Bridges)
▲"female" bridge
However, the proximity to the river allows you to experience the deep green of the mountains with your whole body.
You will also be able to see the male bridge through the trees from time to time and rediscover the beauty of the Kazura Bridge and unexplored territory around.
【Address】Nagoro Higashi Iya, Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture
【Fees】Adults: 550 yen, Children: 350 yen
【Open period】
・ April-June: 8:00 - 17: 00
・ July-September: 7:30 - 18:00
・ October-November: 8:00 - 17:00
【Closed】Closed in winter from December to March
【WEB site】
【Access】2 hours and 30 minutes by car from "Awa-Ikeda Station" on the JR Dosan Line

4. Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge|Miyazaki

Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge

|142m high! One of the world's largest pedestrian suspension bridges, taller than the tallest bungee in Japan!

The Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge, 250 meters long and 142 meters high, is located in the Kyushu Chuo Sanchi Quasi-National Park.
It is the world's largest pedestrian suspension bridge and one of the largest terrestrial tree forest belts in Japan.
Since the laurel forest is a broad-leaved tree that does not fall in winter, you can enjoy the beauty of the lush green even during winter!
Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge
The view of the trees is beautiful on this bridge, but 142 meters is an extraordinary height! The highest bungee jump in Japan is also 100 meters high, so you can imagine how terrifying is the view down from the bridge, with mountainsides all around and a small, narrow river between it.
Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge
According to the opinions of those who have actually crossed it, there is a split opinion: "It is not very bumpy" and "It was so bumpy and scary that it might be tough for those who are afraid of heights". Anyway, it is quite a thrilling walk in the air, but the spectacular view here is a must-see.
【Address】5691-1 Minamimata Oguchi, Aya Town, Higashimorokata District, Miyazaki Prefecture
【Fees】350 yen
【Open period】
・ April-September: 8:30 - 18:00
・ October-March: 8:30 - 17:00
【Closed】Open all year round
【WEB site】
【Access】60 minutes by bus from Minami Miyazaki Station and get off at "Aya Waiting Area" (Aya Machiaisho). About 15 minutes by taxi from "Aya Waiting Area"

5. Umenokitodoro Koen Suspension Bridge|Kumamoto

Umenokitodoro Koen Suspension Bridge

|No ropes or poles! A thrilling suspension bridge floating in the air

Umenokitodoro Koen Suspension Bridge

The straight stretch between the mountains resembles the finishing tape of a marathon race. The valley stretching out in front of you is a spectacular sight worthy of being called an unexplored region, and the deep green and red leaves are breathtakingly beautiful.

Umenokitodoro bears the name of a beautiful waterfall with a drop of about 38 meters.

Umenokitodoro Koen Suspension Bridge

Before the construction of the suspension bridge, this waterfall was also known as the "phantom waterfall" because it was located in a very steep area and was not easily seen. Since the bridge was completed, the falls can now be reached by a 10-minute walk on the promenade beyond the bridge!
The suspension bridge, however, is only 55 meters high, and with no supporting ropes or pillars, so it swings a little with every step, as if you are floating in mid-air. But this thrill makes the view even more beautiful.

【Address】94 Izumimachihagi, Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture
【Open period】Free walk
【Closed】no holidays
【WEB site】
【Access】1 hour 30 minutes by car from JR Arisa Station

The suspension bridge is a thrilling experience, with the flying through the air feeling, but once you cross it, you will be greeted by a spectacular view that will leave a lasting impression.

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