Hourai Brige is a wooden bridge across Ooi River.
It is to the south of Shimada city located about 25 km southwest of Shizuoka city.
Ooi River had been an affluent river.
But in Edo Period (1603-1868), no bridge was built for defence of Sunpu Castle in Shizuoka and Edo city (current Tokyo).
In the period, the travellers had to cross the river on the shoulder of professional man or on the back of a horse.
In Meiji Period (1868-1912), the construction of the bridge across Ooi
River was allowed.
Hourai Bridge was completed in 1879 for farmers to go to the tea farms on Makinohara hills on the other side.
The wooden bridge is 897.4 meters long and 2.7 meters wide.
It has entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest wooden bridge in the world in 1997.
We can cross the bridge from 8:30 to 17:00, and the fare is 100 yen.
By local train on JR Tokaido Line,
from Shizuoka to Shimada, about 27 minutes.
About 25 minutes walk (1.5 km) from Shimada station.
Run on Tomei Expressway, and exit at Yoshida Exit. About 7 km from there.
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