2015.10.13
Tokushima

Okuiya Niju Kazura Bridge (Double Vine Bridge) & Yaen, a Human-Powered Ropeway!

Last year we introduced the Kazurabashi suspension bridge, which is located in Iya, Miyoshi city, Tokushima prefecture [https://setouchifinder.com/en/detail/343/]. Check out the article to read about the related legend.

Though only 3 remain, there were once 13 suspension bridges in Iya. The other two are located further back in the nether regions, in an area called Okuiya.

From the parking area, if you go down the stairs surrounded by trees, which is almost like a tunnel made by nature, you'll see two suspension bridges stretching over the river, the Okuiya Niju Kazura Bridges (Double Vine Bridge).

 
 
 

In ancient times, some of the Heiji (Taira clan) used this bridge to access riding grounds located on Mt. Tsurugi to take revenge after losing in battle to the Genji (Minamoto clan).

The two suspension bridges are often called "Obashi" (Male bridge) and "Mebashi" (Female bridge), and they can be crossed even now, if you’re careful!

Looking at the photograph, some of you may have noticed that they swing quite a lot. The spaces between the wooden boards you step on seem even wider than those of the suspension bridge we introduced before, and it would be terrifying if you didn't cross slowly.

 

 

However, as you might expect after having entered the depths of Iya, the views from the bridge are exceptional.

 
 

"Yaen", which would probably be the highlight attraction for visitors, is located next to Mebashi Bridge.

"Yaen" is a human-powered ropeway that propels you over a beautiful river, but you have to pull the rope yourself. Though it’s great fun for adults and children alike, it may be quite tiring!

 

 

You can enjoy the beautiful natural environment during both autumn and spring. There are also camping grounds nearby, so we recommend visiting during summer as well http://urx.nu/euX1 (Japanese).

How about starting to plan a secluded camping trip next summer?

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The Okuiya Niju Kazura Bridges
Location: 620 Higashiiyasugeoi, Miyoshi city, Tokushima prefecture
Tel: 0120-404-344 (Miyoshi city, tourism information center)
Open: Sunrise to sunset
Closed: Dec.1 ~ March 31 (winter season)
Admission: Adults JPY550, Elementary school students JPY350
Parking: Available
HP: http://www.miyoshinavi.jp/02miru/detail.php?genr=101&uid=SS000041

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba

 
 

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Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!

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