Will you be able to cross? 6 Japanese Suspension Bridges That Will Make You Scream
There are still a lot of areas in Japan which have suspension bridges. Here we will introduce to you 6 scream-inducing suspension bridges for the brave!
Amehata Lake, next to the concrete arch dam called Amehata Dam, is located in Hayakawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken. The suspension bridge spanning across the lake is called Amehata Suspension Bridge, and it's about 120 meters in length. The reason why a lot of people gather there is because of the lumber floorboards and the rusting suspension wires of the bridge which makes you feel as if you're falling. Once you step forward, the sight of the lake peeking in between the floorboards and the squeaking sound of the lumber will surely increase the thrill. However, the fear that emanates from this suspension bridge goes in contrast with its surroundings. You can take a stroll around this serene place surrounded by the light green lake and the beautiful mountain. During summer, they hold the Amehata Lake Festival and you can enjoy the autumn colors during fall. There are lodging establishments and a camping ground in this area. Since there's no train station nearby, it's recommended that you come here by car.
Hayakawa-cho town office
1. A fearful suspension bridge made from lumber! Amahata Suspension Bridge in Yamanashi
Shikafuchi Bridge, located in Shichishoku Tsugawa, Nara, is known as the suspension bridge which spans across the beautiful dark green Totsukawa River. The surrounding mountains have been visited by ascetics from ancient time and they considered it a sacred mountain. The Totsukawa River, which flows as if it is sewing these mountains, is known for its bridges, and more than 60 of them are suspension bridges. Among them, Shikafuchi Bridge is 150 meters in length, 24 meters in height, and 1 meter in width. Its floorboard, which cane only accomodate one person, is made of iron. Your exhilaration will reach unimaginable heights when you walk on the bridge under the road cars are driving on. As you keep going further down the bridge the green mountains and the winding river make for an amazing scenery. Shikafuchi Bridge is used daily in the region. There is stone paving before and after the bridge as well as a mountain trail which you can follow as a hiking trail.
2. You'll definitely scream! Shikafuchi Bridge in Nara
When we talk about a large suspension bridge in Aoi, Shizuoka, then that's definitely the Hatanagi Otsuribashi by Nagashima Dam. This large suspension bridge spanning across the Oi River, which flows from Akaishi Mountains to Suruga Bay, is 180 meters in length and 30 meters in height. Its footpath is merely 20 centimeters! There are only two iron footings and the rest of the bridge is full of openings so only 15 people can be accommodated by the bridge. If anyone happens to come from the opposite side, it would be difficult to pass through. Though that's what makes it exhilarating! This bridge is only held by wires, and since it's surrounded by mountains, the wind that blows from the river just passes through it. Near the bridge, there are good hot spring hotels, dams with good sulfur hot springs, popular sightseeing spots, and and other pleasure cruises near the bridge. It might be good to take a hike or enjoy a hot spring after experiencing the thrill of the suspension bridge.
3. Bridge capacity limited to 15 people! Hatanagi Otsuribashi in Shizuoka
Nonogaki Suspension Bridge, which spans across the Hidaka River in Ryujinmura, Wakayama, is a slightly small bridge with 12 meters in length. However, this suspension bridge is known in Japan as a place where you can experience a thrill. This is because of the squeaking sounds from the bridge with its brittle-like pathway and the Hidaka River flowing underneath it. Although the width of the footpath is about 40cm, the floorboards have gaps so wide your feet might possibly slip through with one wrong step. There are only handrails and wires. Nonetheless, the bridge's middle part is a perfect picture spot since the mountains, which can be viewed from there, turn green during summer and red during fall. Aside from the bridge, you can also walk around the area and visit the Ryujin Onsen, which is popular for its skin enhancement effects, or the three service areas.
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4. A raging river under the floorboards! Nonogaki Suspension Bridge, Wakayama
Furontani Bridge, located in Naka, Tokushima, is a bridge that spans across the dam lake of Naka River. With 125km in length, this bridge is the longest in Tokushima and it's known for its beautiful river. The dam upstream of the Naka River has a lake so beautifully blue that you'll gasp when you see it, and around it greenery grows so well that the area has a refreshing feeling. In the middle of this beautiful nature, there's a suspension bridge with a large gate that's turned entirely to red by rust. It really feels like something that came out of a horror movie. This suspension bridge was constructed originally for forestry, so it has a firm construction, but it makes a grinding sound whenever you walk on it and it's really exhilarating because it has an iron net as a footpath which lets you see the lake. It's in an unexplored region so you might want to visit this bridge at least once.
Naka-cho Tourism Association
5. Like something from a horror movie? Furontani Bridge, Tokushima
Yume no Tsuribashi is located in Oma Dam near Sumatakyo Hot Springs in Haibara, Shizuoka. It has a total length of 90 meters and is 8 meters in height and below this is a magical emerald-green lake which will make you feel as if you're floating on air. However, it only has two planks lined up as its footpath. Although it's strongly built, it's possible that you might slip if you're not careful on the ends and the sides of the bridge. In addition, the wind might suddenly blow since it's located in a mountainous area, and this will add more thrill as the bridge may strongly vibrate. Furthermore, this bridge is known to be a place of love, and there's a romantic legend that if you pray in the center of the bridge for a successful love life, it will come true. By the way, the nearest parking lot from this suspension bridge is 1.5km away. A lot of people go here to hike so it's popular during spring and fall.
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6. Bask in the turquoise-blue lake! Yume no Tsuribashi, Shizuoka
70% of Japan's territory is comprised of mountainous areas, and a lot of rivers flow through them making suspension bridges important to the lives of people since ancient times as a means of communication. There are still a lot of bridges where you can have a thrilling experience. Be brave for a second and try to cross these bridges.
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