Kintai-kyo (Kintai Bridge), Iwakuni, Honshu, Japan

Kintai-kyo (Kintai Bridge) at Night, Iwakuni, Honshu, Japan

The Kintai-kyo or “Brocade Sash Bridge”, has been Iwakuni’s most distinguished landmark and a subject of admiration for hundreds of years. The 210m long bridge spans the Nishiki river and was originally built in 1673 under daimyo Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, without using a single nail. It was swept away by floods caused by Typhoon Kezia in 1950, and was almost identically reconstructed in 1953.

The bridge is composed by five sequential wooden arch bridges on four stone built piers as well as two of wooden piers on the dry riverbed where the bridge begins and ends. Its five steep arches are typical for Edo era bridges. In old times, only samurai were allowed to use the bridge, leaving other people to cross the river by boat.

Kintai-kyo (Kintai Bridge) at Night, Iwakuni, Honshu, Japan

Declared a National Treasure in 1922, Kikkou Park, which includes the bridge and castle, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, especially for the Cherry Blossom festival in the spring and the autumn color change of the Japanese Maples.

Woman is Crossing Kintai-kyo (Kintai Bridge), Iwakuni, Honshu, Japan

How to get there:
Iwakuni is about 35-40 minutes away from Hiroshima on the JR Sanyo main line. Shinkansen trains use the Shin-Iwakuni Station, while other trains stop at Iwakuni Station. Each station is about 5km from the Kintai-kyo Bridge in opposite directions. Buses travel from both Iwakuni Station and Shin-Iwakuni Station to Kintai-kyo bus stop. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs 240 yen from Iwakuni Station (buses every 5-15 minutes), or 15 minutes and 280 yen from Shin-Iwakuni Station (buses every 30 minutes).

More images: Gallery of Iwakuni Stock ImagesJapan Stock Photography.

Kintai-kyo (錦帯橋), Iwakuni (岩国市), Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県), Honshu (本州), Japan (日本国)

Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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