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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 ????
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.