Saruhashi - the Monkey Bridge

One of three famous ancient bridges in Japan

 By Cathy Cawood   Aug 21, 2014

Located in Otsuki is one of Japan's most famous bridges. The 1300 year old wooden bridge crosses the Katsura River in Yamanashi as it flows between two high cliffs. The ingenious cantilevered design is said to have been inspired by monkeys holding hands to cross the river. Obviously it must have been rebuilt many times, but the basic design has never been changed. I was there on a drizzly day in August, but I want to return in autumn when the trees around the bridge are ablaze with color.

Photography by Cathy Cawood
Japan Travel Partner

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Radica Sooknarine 2 years ago
That bridge is awesome! Lovely photos!
Cathy Cawood Photographer 2 years ago
Thank you Radica!
Mouli Paul 3 years ago
The monkey structure in the bridge is quite interesting ! Never seen anything like that !