Iya Kazura Bridge
Iya Kazura Bridge
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Linda
Miami, Australia9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Bus takes nearly an hour. The taxi will charge astronomical amount for 20 minutes journey. This is the sore point. The views are as you would get in any area with mountain gorge. Fix the transportation so that many tourists can come and marvel this bridge.
Written May 1, 2021
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BelindaL_17
Singapore77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Iya Valley area. You can take a bus from the Oboke station (not so frequent though) or via taxi, if you are not driving. It only takes a few minutes to cross the bridge, but it is thrilling as the gaps between the bridge are wide. It tends to shake when others are crossing it so do be careful. It is also near the Biwa waterfall, and there's an area where you can hike down to the stream.
Written February 25, 2020
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JunSa88
62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Though quite impressive, it is not nearly as nice as the Oku-Iya Niju vine bridges. We had thought this would be better, but its pretty touristy. If you have the option to choose, go out to the other ones which are truly stunning and give this bridge a pass. (but the other bridges are pretty far out and the road to there is kinda scary.)
Written December 22, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This is a 45-metres in length, 2-metres in width, vine bridge, reinforced by a rope made of vines. It is thrilling to walk across the swaying bridge, loaded with sightseers.
Written May 19, 2019
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SFBayAreaTrekker
San Francisco Bay Area (CA)563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
The manner of weaving and wrapping of the vines to create this bridge is very sturdy. I have been on other more "secure" methods and did not feel as confident crossing.

You get a spectacular view while on the bridge, but you are often crossing with many other visitors.
Written September 8, 2016
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Punk
Hong Kong343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I always wonder why people are walking so slowly on the bridge and catch the rail so carefully, because it does not look so dangerous. But you will feel differently when you are walking on it, try it yourself.
看來一點也不危險的祖谷藤蔓橋,但當真正踏上橋面卻是另一回事,難怪見到遊人都用力握緊藤蔓,一步一步慢慢過橋。要拍攝這橋的風景,最理想就是在橋下的小河邊,可以把後面的山景也入鏡。
Written December 23, 2019
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Taki77
Tokyo, Japan16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
We arrived on a Friday afternoon in mid autumn and thought we'd avoid the crowds by going on a weekday, but we were wrong. The huge, ugly multi-level parking area located just next to the vine bridge was full of group tour buses, whose patrons also filled the bridge itself, the souvenir shops, and the many little restaurants around the area. (I can't imagine what a weekend or holiday would be like). We felt like we were in mid-Tokyo crowds yet in the middle of nowhere in Shikoku. Just next to the vine bridge, about 15 meters away and running parallel to it, is concrete/steel vehicle bridge which on the one hand allows for great photo angles of the vine bridge, but also immediately takes away the feeling of adventure. Though the bridge did look pretty neat with its all vine construction, we didn't even bother paying the fee to be allowed to walk only once across it among the hordes of others. Later we drove a further 40 minutes deeper into the valley to the Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges and were much, much, much happier with having done so. The Oku-Iya bridges are the complete opposite of the touristy "main" Kazurabashi here. Knowing that those bridges are available, skip this one and make the effort to go to Oku-Iya instead.
Written December 31, 2016
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BUYAIR.
Giv'atayim, Israel22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's quite a ride, especially if you drive a car. Roads are narrow and curved; Caution and patience are essential. if you drive yourself, check for best, convenient way and recheck google maps route (it got us to dead end whilst trying to find the shortest way). Some time the road may be closed for short period due to maintenance. Bridges are fun to walk on as well as self-using cable car crossing the river. Scenery is lovely.
Written April 21, 2019
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jameshuang
Taipei, Taiwan2,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The peculiar Iya Kazura Bridge (祖谷葛藤橋, 祖谷のかずら橋) is located in West Iya Valley (西祖谷), Miyoshi, Tokushima, Japan. The legend behind this extraordinary bridge was started when the Heike refugees defeated by Genji ( Minamoto family) in the 1185 Gempei War. They relocated to remote areas, which included Iya Valley, as a safe place to settle down. Once there were 13 bridges spanning the valley, but only three survive today. Iya Kazurabashi (祖谷葛藤橋, 祖谷かずら橋), the longest and most popular of the remaining bridges, stretches 45 m (148 ft) across the Iya River at the center of the valley. The use of the monkey kiwi vine to build the bridge was to avoid having the enemy crossing the river by allowing easy cutting of the bridge when necessary. The bridge is designated as a National and Prefectural significant folk cultural asset.

We didn’t know the legend behind the vine bridge before we came. It took us 90 min via Japan National Route 32 to reach Iya Kazura Bridge. The last ride on Tokushima Prefecture Route 45 was winding and steep. After we parked at large parking lot, we went inside the building where local souvenirs and foods are sold. We also found a small area displaying a model of Vine Bridge and history about the bridge. We followed the small road to a concrete bridge crossing the Iya River. Here is the perfect location to take photos of the Iya Kazura Bridge. In few minutes, we were at the entrance of the Vine Bridge. The bridge is designated as one way traffic and we learned why when we were in the bridge. Everyone held the vine handrail on either side of the 2 m wide bridge and some of them were really frightened of the wobbling when crossing the bridge, especially in the middle of the bridge where the handrail tends to move away from the bridge making it feel like you will drop from the bridge. I believe only a few people really take the chance to see the valley 15 m (49 ft) down to the river. Every three years local people will rebuild the Vine Bridge using local Monkey kiwi vines with 2-3 cm in diameter. It becomes harder to get those vines for rebuilding the bridge because it takes 20 to 30 years for the vines grow thick enough.

Be sure take a short walk to visit the nearby 50 m (164 ft) high Biwa Waterfall (琵琶瀑布, 琵琶の滝). It is a perfect place to cool down especially on a hot summer day.
Written July 22, 2017
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Mish_H50
Japan381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
The bridge is totally picturesque and lovely in its setting and crossing it is a must f you've made it this far. It is a bit scary. If at all possible the Oku Kazurabashi feels more authentic and less touristic, so go there if you can
Written November 28, 2016
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