Kintai Bridge

Beautiful wooden bridge with five arches

This is one of the best wooden bridges in Japan, spanning the clear waters of the 200-meter-long Nishiki River.
It is one of the three most famous bridges in Japan and one of the three most unusual bridges in Japan. The wooden bridge with five rows of arches is rare even in the world.

It was built in 1673 during the Edo period by the lord of the Iwakuni domain. The bridge is 193.3 meters long and 5.0 meters wide, and its main structure was built without using a single nail, using the technique of braided wood such as joints and joints.
It is a five-row wooden bridge with four piers in the river, with the center three rows of arch bridges and the opposite ends having girder bridge structures.

Designated as a national scenic beauty. As a cherry blossom viewing spot, it is selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan together with Yoshika Park.

During the Edo period, the arch bridges (the second, third, and fourth bridges) were replaced about every 20 years, and the girder bridges (the first and fifth bridges) about every 40 years, and the bridge plates and railings were replaced about every 15 years.
Improvements were made to the bridges after each replacement, and the current shape was established in 1796.

Crossing the bridge requires an entry fee, not a toll, which is the same price for a round trip. Vehicles are not allowed on the bridge.
The bridge is open 24 hours a day, and is illuminated at night until 22:00.


Kintai Bridge
Official Site
Iwakuni 1-chome, Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi
Hours of operation

8:00-17:00 (until 18:00 during tourist season, until 19:00 during summer)
Night lighting is available until 22:00 (24-hour access to the bridge, lights out from 22:00)

Admission fee

Kintai Bridge entrance ticket (round trip only)
Adults (junior high school students and older) 310 yen
Elementary school students ¥150
Free for infants

When there is no one at the toll booth, put the toll in the nighttime toll box and cross the bridge.


7 min. by car from Sanyo Expressway Iwakuni IC

20 min. by bus from JR Iwakuni Station on the JR Sanyo Main Line

Yamaguchi Iwakuni, Suo Oshima Chugoku


Iwakuni, Suo Oshima