Japanese Festivals: 21st Horai Bridge Festival in Shimada City (May 24~25th)!

Horai Bridge in Shimada City is the longest wooden pedestrian Bridge in the World!


The Oi River was at its most difficult to cross in Shimada City along the Old Tokaido Road prompting the Meiji Government to build the (still) longest wooden bridge in the world, the Horai Bridge, in 1879. It is 897.4m long and 2.7m wide.
Not only it deserved to be walked across for a great vista but it also has the great merit to lead to vast green tea fields beyond a small mountain ridge along a lane dotted with statues of Seven Deities.


The Horai Bridge Festival also called 蓬莱橋ぼんぼり祭り/Horai Bashi Bonbori Matsuri/Horai Bridge Bonbori Festival will be held for the 21st time on Saturday may 24th and Sunday 25th. In case of rain canceling the event it will be held the following week end.


it will include parades in Edo and Meiji Era costumes, samisen-playing geishas and so on.

The official hurs of the Festival are 08:00~20:30 (Saturday) ~20:00 (Sunday) with events being held from 10:00 to 15:00 (Saturday) and 11:00~19:00 (Sunday).

Locale: Shimada City, Minami, 2 Chome, 22-14 (vicinity of Horai Bridge), about 1.5 km from Shimada JR Station (20-minute walk).

For more information call 0547-36-9899, asking for Yamamoto san (Shimada Turist Information Bureau)


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