Tanize Suspension Bridge in Totsukawa village in Nara Prefecture is the biggest suspension bridge in Japan (the largest suspension bridge for living). It is 297.7 meters in length and 54 meters in height from the river running down.
Totsukawa village in Nara Prefecture where there is a suspension bridge in Tanaze is a village with the most suspension bridges in Japan. It is a rare village that there are more than 60 suspension bridges in this village alone. Among them, Tanize Suspension Bridge is the most famous and historic suspension bridge. There are many suspension bridges for sightseeing in Japan, but the suspension bridge of Tanase is not made for sightseeing purpose.
Prior to this bridge, the people of Tanaze had crossed the log-bridge hanging over the Totsu River to and from the village of “Tanize” on the other side “Uenoji”. The log-bridge was dangerous and was washed away every time the flood occurred. So in 1954 the locals brought out money and Tanize Suspension Bridge was built as a bridge for everyday life. In this suspension bridge there is a hot feeling of the people of Tanze who threw out personal property and helped each other.
Tanize Suspension Bridge, now as a sightseeing spot, souvenir shops and inns also came to be adjacent. However, even now, it is used as an important bridge through which local elementary school students’ school roads and residents live.
The Tanize Suspension Bridge is suspended at both ends by wires, and the floor has only a thin plate about 80 centimeters in width in the middle. When walking on it, the left and right sides of the laying board are thrilling with full view of the bottom. Also, the width is narrow, and it is full of two people side by side. Every time it walks, it shakes swaying, and it shakes quite a lot at the middle point. And the windy days and the like seems to shake greatly. The height from the bottom of the water is 54 meters, and you may be getting a lot of fear in your feet. However, locals keep on cycling or riding a motorcycle and are coming in peace.
There is the longest suspension bridge in Japan in Totsukawa-mura village , Yoshino-gun located in the southernmost tip in Nara Prefecture. The magnificent views of nature are surrounded by green mountains, and the clear stream “Totsukawa river” flowing through that wilderness, it is a suspension bridge in the beautiful natural landscape. It is the popular spot so it is also used for TV commercials.
The Tanize Suspension Bridge built in 1945 was built by the local people to use as a road for daily living. For this reason, local residents still use this thrilling suspension bridge as a everyday community road. They are crossing by bicycle, motorbike, etc. as well as on foot.
An announcement of “DANGEROUS, Do not pass more than 20 people at a time.” before the suspension bridge is filled with the feeling of fear.
It seems that among the tourists who visit, people with afraid of heights, can turn back without being able to cross.
On the other hand, people who like high places will pass along very happily.
This suspension bridge does not only simply have a thrill. The natural scenery is also a highlight.
Today, it is an event called “Yure Daiko” (Swing Drum) which is famous for the summer. This is the event where the drum performance is held at a height of 54 meters above the ground.
For this thrilling event, local people will perform on August 4th “Suspension Bridge Day” every year.
|Name:||Tanize Suspension Bridge|
|Address:||Tanize Yoshinogun Totsukawamura, Nara 637-1106 Japan|
|Access:||JR Wakayama-sen Line “Gojo-eki Station” (Approximately 1 hour by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 746-63-0200 (Totsukawa Tourism Association)|