Kazurabashi in Iya Valley

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Vine bridges (Kazurabashi)

Once, long time ago, the Iya Valley had 13 suspension bridges which were build out of vines (Kazurabashi). These bridges were important for people to bring goods safely to the other side of the Iya-gawa River. A few of these bridges still exist.
Kazurabashi
Famous are the so called “couple” bridges because these are located almost side by side hidden deep down the valley across the river. They are known as the Oku-Iya Kazurabashi (奥祖 谷 二 重 か ず ら 橋). The largest of these two bridges is called the Husband Bridge (Otto no Hashi), which is 44 meters in length and stands next to a small waterfall. The slightly smaller Wife Bridge (Tsuma no Hashi) is 22 meters long and is a little further upstream.
Another rope bridge can be found along road #32

Due to security nowadays these bridges in the Iya Valley are reinforced with steel cables and rebuilt every three years. Yet still worth a visit. A ticket to go across these bridge will cost you about € 4 then you walk at an altitude of 14 meters above the Iya-gawa river.
Vine bridges

How to get there

The couple bridges are located along road #439 between Nagoro (Village of the Dolls) and Mnt Tsurugi. There is a large parkinglot available, Walk down the mountain until you reach the ticket booth.
The other bridge is located along road #32 in walking distance from the hotel “Iya Kanko Ryokan”. From the hotel walk down the road across the river. At the main bridge look south for the vine bridge. The entrance and ticket booth is at the eastside of the river.

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Nagoro -Village of the Dolls: 33.852526, 134.024448
mnt tsurugi: 33.854063, 134.094674
Higashiiyaniiya: 33.854460, 133.893220
Oboke tourboat at Yoshino River: 33.882601, 133.760262
Vine bridge (Kazurabashi) near Iya Kanko Ryokan: 33.875097, 133.835363
Iya Kanko Ryokan: 33.875498, 133.834376
Oku-iya Nija Kazura bashi - Couple rope bridge near Nagoro: 33.853880, 134.045638
Peeing Boy Statue - “撒尿男孩” 塑像: 33.923598, 133.818626
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Vine bridge (Kazurabashi) near Iya Kanko Ryokan
vine bridge at Iya kanko ryokan (Small)
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Oku-iya Nija Kazura bashi - Couple rope bridge near Nagoro
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Oboke tourboat at Yoshino River
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Iya Kanko Ryokan
Iya Kanko Ryokan
Website Hotel: Iya Kanko Ryokan
Japanese style rooms.
Friendly owner.
2 minute walk from the scenic spot Kazura (rope) bridge. Homelike hospitality, with excellent seasonal local dishes, also you can experience making soba noodles.

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Nagoro -Village of the Dolls
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Peeing Boy Statue - “撒尿男孩” 塑像
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