Togetsu Bridge

Symbol of Arashiyama, one of the most famous places in Kyoto

This bridge spans the Katsura River at the foot of Arashiyama, a 382-meter-high mountain famous for its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

The combination of the gently flowing Katsura River and Arashiyama in the background is beautiful,
Arashiyama is a symbolic sightseeing spot in Kyoto, used for filming of movies and TV dramas and in tourist brochures.

At night, the bridge is illuminated by electricity from a small hydroelectric generator built upstream of the bridge.

Like the wooden bridge

The current bridge, completed in 1934, is 155 meters long and 11 meters wide.

It is a steel-framed reinforced concrete girder bridge that is open to vehicular traffic,
However, in order to maintain harmony with the landscape, the old wooden bridge has been retained.

The bridge face has a bowed shape, about 1 meter higher in the center, with wooden square latticework railings, giving the bridge the appearance of a wooden bridge.

Park Nakanoshima

The Watarigetsukyo Bridge spans the north bank and Nakanoshima, an island that forms a sandbar in the Katsura River,
A short bridge, the Watarigetsu Kobashi, crosses between Nakanoshima and the southern shore.

Most of Nakanoshima is in the Nakanoshima area of Arashiyama Park, a protected park.
The area is lined with beautiful trees, many of which are pine trees and cherry trees, and is crowded with visitors, especially during the cherry blossom viewing season.

Erected as an approach to the shrine

It is said that the bridge was first built in 836 by Dosho, a monk and disciple of Kukai, as a path for pilgrims to Horinji Temple located on the mountainside of Arashiyama, and was called Horinji Bridge.

It is also said that the bridge was initially located about 100 meters upstream.

Moon Crossing Bridge

In the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Emperor Kameyama watched the moon moving over the bridge and commented that it was like the moon moving across the bridge, which he called "Kumanashi Tsuki no Wataru.

This is why the bridge was later called "Watarigatsukibashi" (crossing the moon bridge).
In the old painting "Yamashiro Arashiyama Togetsu Bashi" (painted by Katsushika Hokusai), an arc-shaped bridge is depicted.

Moving the bridge

In 1606, Ryoui Kadokura, a merchant, cut down timber and other products from Kameoka to Arashiyama in order to send them to Kyoto,
The bridge was built in 1606 when Ryoto Kadokura, a merchant, constructed the Hozu River as a waterway so that products could be transported by boat from the upper reaches of the river,
The bridge was rebuilt in its present location and became the prototype of the Wataratsukibashi Bridge that remains to this day.

Changing River Names

The name of the river that flows under the Watarigatsukyo Bridge is administratively unified as the Katsuragawa River, but after the Watarigatsukyo Bridge, the name changes to the Katsuragawa River downstream, the Hozugawa River upstream, and the Oigawa River further upstream from Kameoka.

Elegant scenery

The upstream side of Watarazukibashi Bridge is a landing place for Hozu River cruises, and there is also a dock for houseboats and rental boats, where many boats can be seen.

Arashiyama and Sagano have many attractions, including Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage Site, nearby Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Grove Lane, Nison-in Temple, Gion-ji Temple, Nomiya Shrine, Daikaku-ji Temple, and Okochi Sanso Villa.

Information

Name
Togetsu Bridge
渡月橋
Link
Official Site
Address
Saga Nakanoshima-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access

From Kyoto Station, take JR Sagano Line and get off at Saga-Arashiyama Station.
From Kyoto Station, take Kyoto City Bus No. 28 and get off at “Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae” bus stop.
From Shijo Kawaramachi, take Kyoto City Bus No.11 and get off at “Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae” bus stop.
From Sanjo Keihan, take Kyoto City Bus No. 11 to “Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae” bus stop.

Area
Kyoto Arashiyama, Takao Kyoto station, Kawaramachi
Category
Bridges Movie, Drama, Commercial filming location

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Kyoto station, Kawaramachi

Kyoto

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