When I’m Not Blogging, I Possibly Visited … (Part 4)

Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture


About an hour away from Hiroshima is a bridge.

Sure there are a lot famous bridges in the world: the Golden Gate one, the Sydney Harbour one, the Bridge on the River Kwai one, the Charles one, the skinny one in Amsterdam, the London one … but I think that one is falling down, the one that is Too Far, …

I wouldn’t go out of my way to see a bridge usually, but I’d seen this one before earlier previously and thought it was worth going a little out of my way … even though I really wasn’t heading in any direction or way anyway.

The parking lot is the river bed or former river bed.

someone's on the ball

 I’ve never seen chalked out handicap parking before, but someone was on the ball with this idea. I think the person who limed out the symbols here should be doing the fields at the world cup: I can spot talent sometimes.

cool bridge

 The Kintai Bridge was originally built across the Nishiki river in 1673. In 1950 it was destroyed by a typhoon. It was rebuilt shortly after and is a recreation of the original. It was renovated again 2004. 

I guess they rebuilt it the same way for cultural or sentimental reasons. All it really does is connect the tourist traps on one side of the river with the tourist traps on the other side of the river.

You have to pay to walk over it too!  Both ways!! … and they check carefully too and punch your tickets!!!

There are 2 other bridges about 100 meters away from this one that you can drive or walk over for free  … but this one seems to be the most popular of the bunch.
Maybe in 300 years, people will have to pay to use those other bridges and they will look really cool too. I can’t wait!

cool bridge far shot

 I guess the river either gets high at some times of the year or the builders had pretty high expectations for the river.

There is a rebuilt castle at the top of a hill with a convenient cable car running up to it.  … or maybe the cable car was built first and then someone realized that the cable car business was slow because there was nothing to go and see.
I don’t know. When I start thinking of these “chicken versus the egg” type scenarios my mind gets all wigglely and I smell smoke.

cool bridge from down below

 There is a place where you can see white snakes which is pretty cool; some places to eat lunch which are very convenient if you arrive when you’re hungry; and there are even places where you can buy souvenirs and food products for other people who might be wanting a key chain or may be hungry when you see them back at home or work.

cool bridge while on cool bridge

 I think this person wore a kimono for a photo opportunity … because she knew there were no plywood things that you can stick your head through.

cool bridge with cool van

 I don’t know how the bridge got into this photo! I was just taking a picture of my van … looking very vanly … honest.

After walking across the bridge … twice, riding the cable car, visiting the castle, eating an ice cream, having lunch, seeing the white snakes, and buying food products for possibly hungry people back at home and work; it was back on the road to ????



a different cool bridge


I’m leaving you with a cliffhanger because I like cliffs and hangers … and together they are just so exciting!

But … I did cross this bridge later in the day. I can’t remember what time of day it was though, but possible I was looking West.



9 responses to “When I’m Not Blogging, I Possibly Visited … (Part 4)

  1. Once again I am happy to say that your photos and story are just wonderful! I love bridges. I am scared to go over them, but I just love them. That van of yours gets itself into pretty amazing situations! 🙂 Have fun! Thanks for sharing your photos!

  2. Doraz: I swear you are looking in my window when I hit the “publish” button.
    Thanks (smiley face)

    note: I’ve broken my “don’t respond to any comments for one day” rule.

  3. Nice blog. Glad you had a nice time even though your were trapped among all the tourists.
    Did they have any keychains that said, “My friend went to the Kintai Bridge and all I got was this lousy keychain?” hee hee!

  4. Aren’t cliffhangers just the best?!? It also means that you don’t have to type for hours. Or… for four hours. Either way…

    -Turkish Prawn

  5. Maybe it is my 6th or 7th sense…since I seem to be lacking in some other areas!
    Oh, curtains won’t help!

  6. I want to see a car chase with old vans over that bridge!

  7. Looking at your picture of the chalked out handicapped bays are they expecting them to leave their wheelchairs because their does not look much room for anything else. Or worse still just leave the handicapped person, admittedly the bridge does look like a bit of a challenge to anyone in a wheelchair.

  8. That bridge is amazing!

    I heart your van.

  9. Thanks for all the comments.

    Tammy: actually the tourists are a pretty patient orderly mob over here. Even traffic jams don’t produce too much road rage: most people just watch the little TVs they have installed in their cars. I have to watch the tv of the person in front of me. (sad face)

    Turkish Prawn: these serialized entries are too much work. I will be glad when Part 6 is in the can.
    Your cliffhangers are more cliffhangerish than mine. (tips hats)

    Doraz: how do you know I have curtains?!!! I’m buying an alarm system now! hee hee!

    razzbuffnik: that would be very cool. I think I’m going to send that suggestion to the James Bond writers!
    Ddddd…ie Bbbbbbb… ond!

    BlackLOG: thanks for stopping by. Those spaces were big enough for a car; I just took that photo at a funny angle.
    I never thought about the difficulty someone would have going over the bridge in a wheelchair: I guess that’s why there weren’t any cars in those spaces.

    S. Le: I’ve visited it twice now and … I think I may be back there this August, as another sister is coming to visit … and wants to go to Hiroshima.

    I have to pinch or kick myself everytime I drive in the van: I’m so lucky.

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