Listed by Guinness World Records as the world's longest wooden footbridge, the Hōrai Bridge over the Ōi River is located in the city of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture. The 897.4 meters (approx. 0.6 mile) long bridge, which is 2.4 meters (approx. 8 feet) wide, was completed in 1879. It was original used by the farmers who were cultivating the nearby Makinohara plateau to transport their produce over the Ōi River to Shimada.
People have lived along the Ōi River since ancient times and during the Edo period, the towns of Shimada and Kanaya, located on opposite banks of the river, played key roles as post stations along the old Tōkaidō highway. Strolling around the old streets of Shimada will transport you back in time. In the past a toll was payable for anyone using the crossing, which gave rise to the alternative name Chintori Bridge (referring to the toll collection).
Nowadays, pedestrians and bicyclist can pay ¥100 to walk or cycle across what has become one of Shimada's main tourist spots. The bridge is particularly attractive when lit up at night. And, if the skies are clear, you can see beautiful Mt. Fuji from the bridge.
Horai Bridge is about 20 minutes walk from JR Shimada Station. By car it is 15 minutes drive from the Yoshida Interchange on the Tomei Expressway or 17 minutes drive from the Shimadakanaya Interchange on the Shin-Tomei Expressway.
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