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Shikoku's Famous Iya-no-Kazurabashi

Amazing vine bridge spanning Tokushima's Iya River

Built within the Iya Valley, deep within the Mt. Tsurugi Quasi-National Park, the Iya-no-Kazurabashi is one of the rarest bridges in Japan. It is a suspension bridge constructed of vines that is supported on each end by giant cedar trees, and in these modern times, also by concealed steel cables. Legend has it that when some members of the defeated Heike clan fled to this area, they built bridges of vine that could be cut down when enemies were close. Of 13 original bridges, Iya-no-Kazurabashi is the most impressive of three that still exist.

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