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Onbashi Bridge 雄橋

On-bashi Bridge On-bashi Bridge
On-bashi Bridge On-bashi Bridge

A natural monument in the heart of Taishaku Gorge

While the Taishaku Gorge has many natural wonders, the Onbashi Bridge is by far its most impressive and popular. Formed over millennia, Japan's largest natural bridge is a 40-meter-high limestone span above the Taishaku River.

Quick Facts

Before the process of erosion, the rock formation was a dam for the Taishaku River

It is one of the three largest natural bridges in the world

How to Get There

Onbashi Bridge is a 30-minute walk from the Taishaku Gorge parking area. The parking area is a 20-minute drive from Tojo Station.

Once believed to be supernatural in origin

In days long past, locals believed the bridge had been forged by supernatural forces. Visiting the site, it's easy to see why.

The bridge was once used for transportation, both as a pedestrian crossing and for horse carts. Though no longer a functioning bridge, there is a walking path that goes right underneath it, allowing you a chance to view the naturally sculpted structure at your leisure.

Both male and female

Onbashi translates as male bridge and its smaller counterpart, Menbashi, means female bridge. Menbashi is a bit further downriver.

Best times to visit

While the bridge attracts tourists year-round, it's more difficult to reach in winter. Peak season is in the spring and fall when the surrounding flowers and trees are showing their seasonal colors.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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