In Kawane-Honcho, Shizuoka Prefecture, if you are willing to take a two-hour train ride from Kanaya, you can see some of the most beautiful Shizuoka landscapes. The highlight of the trip is a curious train station, Okuoi Kojo Station, located on a tiny island in a river.
When you arrive at the unmanned station, you'll see the "Happy Happy Bell" to the right of some stairs. Ring this bell with your partner, and the reverberation is supposed to bring you happiness. The walking path begins here. Walk along a bridge that parallels the railroad. At the top of the stairs, you'll arrive at "Rainbow Bridge", a good place to take iconic photos of the station. After taking some photos, you can continue on to the Love Romance Road bridges.
The Eight Bridges of Love Romance Road
From Rainbow Bridge, walk along the roadway for a few minutes. This road leads to a white suspension bridge. This bridge serves as the entrance to Love Romance Road. While you're not required to fall in love with your partner while walking this road, the magnificent view might inspire you to. Each bridge has a different style, so those interested in bridge architecture may enjoy the intricacies in the designs. The walk takes about 20 minutes, revealing great views.
Finishing Your Day Trip
After your stroll, there are some places to visit. You'll see local onsens, and some restaurants that serve Shizuoka's famous soul food, oden. Oden is a savory stew of boiled eggs, meat, and daikon simmered in dashi broth. Shizuoka's version uses soy sauce and beef stock for hearty flavor.
Your walk ends near Sesso-kyo Onsen Station. The last train returning train leaves at 4:30 p.m. If you would rather stay, book a night at one of the nearby authentic Japanese guest houses.