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    Iya-no-Kazurabashi (Suspension Bridge Made with Vines)

    The Kazurabashi Vine Bridge stretches over a canyon in a secluded mountain village in Iya Valley. The bridge itself is tied to the legend of the Heike clan, once the most powerful ruling clan, who fled into these mountains from their enemies. This bridge was once the only way to cross over the deep canyons in this area, and was built with vines that are easy to cut in case of enemy pursuit. Nowadays, the bridge remains an important National and Prefectural significant folk cultural asset, and visitors come from all around Japan to test their courage and cross. The vines are safe and sturdy, and replaced once every three years.

    The Kazurabashi bridge is made of kiwi vines (Actinidia arguta) and is 45 meters long, 2 meters wide. It weighs approx. 6 tons and is suspended 14 meters above the river.

    * Light-up
    Every night from 19:00 till 21:30, the bridge is lit up, creating a fantastic atmosphere.

    * Biwa-no-Taki (Biwa Waterfall)
    This nearby waterfall was a place of refuge for the ancient people, who would come here to comfort each other by playing their Biwa Flutes, and remembering the home in Kyoto they were driven from. The water falls from 50 meters and is a majestic sight.

    Basic information

    Zentoku 162-2, Nishi-Iyayamamura, Miyoshi City
    N/A (Open daily all year round)

    【Notice of rebuilding of Iya-no-Kazurabashi (Vine Bridge)】
    ※The bridge is rebuilt once every 3 years, so you can't cross the bridge from January 9th to February 23th, 2024.
    Admission fee
    Parking lot
    Parking space available nearby-Municipal parking space (Kazura Bashi Yume-Butai)
    Get off at Ikawa-Ikeda IC→Take the National route 32 bound for Kochi→Take the Prefectural road 45→Take the Prefectural road 32→Take the Municipal road→Iya-no-Kazura Bashi(Journey time is approx. 1 hour by car.)
    Get on the Shikoku Kotsu Bus from JR Oboke Stn., bound for either Kazura Bashi or Kubo→Get off at Kazura Bashi Bus stop or Kazurabashi Yumebutai Bus stop→5 minutes walk to Iya-no-Kazura Bashi
    Miyoshi City Tourist Information Center

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