Japan is known for a wide variety of bridges in both traditional and modern styles, and if you're traveling around the country you may want to check out some of the most beautiful ones. This list covers five of the best, whether it's the beauty of the bridges themselves, or the stellar surroundings you can enjoy while traversing them!

Tsunoshima Bridge, Yamaguchi

Tsunoshima is a small island that sits in the Sea of Japan, which is connected to the Honshu mainland courtesy of the Tsunoshima Bridge. Completed back in 2000, the bridge is 1780 meters long and provides some incredible views out over the surrounding azure waters. It has become a popular spot with photographers, for good reason!

Hohokucho Oaza Tsunoshima, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi 759-5332

Tsunoshima Bridge is surrounded by stellar views
Tsunoshima Bridge is surrounded by stellar views (Photo: ウランボルグ / CC By SA 3.0)

Kazurabashi Bridge, Tokushima

Located in Tokushima's Iya Valley, the Kazurabashi bridge gives off some serious Tarzan vibes and is not for the faint of heart! The 45 meter-long bridge is constructed by vines connected to cedar trees, and reinforced with steel cables these days. The creaks and noises still happen, and the bridge swings a little, so keep your wits about you!

Nishiiyayamamura Tonotani, Miyoshi, Tokushima 778-0101

Kazurabashi Bridge is made of vines and reinforced by steel cables
Kazurabashi Bridge is made of vines and reinforced by steel cables (Photo: 京浜にけ/ CC By SA 3.0)

Kintai Bridge (Kintaikyo), Yamaguchi

One of Japan's most iconic sights is Yamaguchi's Kintai Bridge, which has a history dating back to 1673. It's made up of five wooden arches on four stone piers, and was designated as a National Treasure back in 1922. As well as being beautiful in and of itself, the surrounds are equally scenic - particularly when the cherry blossoms of spring and the changing leaves of autumn are present.

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Kintaikyo is beautiful, but so are the surrounds!
Kintaikyo is beautiful, but so are the surrounds! (Photo: Travis / CC By SA 2.0)

Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo

Opened in 1993, Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge crosses part of Tokyo Bay and spans almost 800 meters in length. The bridge accommodates vehicle traffic, the Yurikamome Line, and even pedestrians! If you plan to walk over the bridge, take note of the views you'll get from either side - the north route shows off Tokyo Harbor and the Tokyo Tower, whereas the south route highlights Tokyo Bay - and even Mt. Fuji if you're really lucky!

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Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge as seen from Odaiba
Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge as seen from Odaiba (Photo: Kakidai / CC By SA 4.0)

Taushubetsu Bridge, Hokkaido

Hokkaido's Taushubetsu Bridge has a mystical quality to it - the disused railway bridge is only visible during certain months of the year, as the water levels of Lake Nukabira mean it can become fully submerged. The best time of year to see the bridge is from September to October, where the bridge typically reflects off the water's surface like you can see in the photo below.

Nukabiragensenkyo, Kamishihoro, Kato District, Hokkaido 080-1403

Beautiful reflections
Beautiful reflections (Photo: 上士幌町 / CC By SA 4.0)