Kintai Bridge


The planned trip to Kyoto has been put off until the weekend. With temperatures hitting 30 degrees it seemed prudent to put off the trip until later. It’s no fun lugging camera gear around what would be a hot and oppressive city.

So today it was 29 degrees but we headed to Iwakuni and the Kintai Bridge.

The bridge is wooden arched and of historical importance. The first bridge was built in 1673 and had 5 wooden arches spanning the Nishiki River. It remained intact until washed away in a flood from typhoon Kijia in 1950.

It wasn’t until 1953 that work started to rebuild the bridge with construction being very similar to the original bridge.

Finally, between 2001-2004 all five bridge girders were restored.

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