Photographer's Note

The climax point of our visiting Oboke Gorge in Iya Valley is to walk through the Kazura Vine Suspension Bridge.

This suspension bridge was entirely made by hand from kazura vines. It is not known when they were first constructed, but the vine bridges are kept in excellent condition by the local residents, who trace their ancestry back to warriors of 11th century.

The bridge shown in this picture was the only remaining vine suspension bridge in the region. It has now been reinforced by steel cables to prevent accidents. This bridge is about a few hundreds meter away from my last post, going depth along the valley on the left hand side of that picture.

It began to snow when we reached this bridge. There was a big snow storm in that area a few days before our visiting. The environment was still well covered by snow as shown in this photo.

Pay a 500 yen admission fee; you can walk cross the bridge.

In the WS, I have posted two other photos of the vine bridge. One is a picture with a group of visitors walking on the bridge and another one is taken while I was on the bridge.

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