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Harimaya Bridge はりまや橋

Harimaya-bashi Bridge Harimaya-bashi Bridge
Harimaya-bashi Bridge Harimaya-bashi Bridge

The scene of Kochi's most famous ill-fated love affair, featured in song and cinema

Harimaya Bridge has come to symbolize love because of an ill-fated affair: A 19th-century monk named Junshin, allowed emotion to overcome his vows of a solitary life and bought a hairpin for his secret love from a shop next to the bridge.

Monks were forbidden to fall in love in that era. When word of Junshin's outrageous act spread, both he and his lover were banished. The memory of the incident lives on, however, in song and cinema. The bridge is considered one of Kochi's most popular sightseeing spots.

Quick Facts

Throughout the ages the bridge has been repeatedly torn down and rebuilt

The bridge was a central location for the 2009 movie "Harimaya Bridge"

How to Get There

Take the tram from Kochi Station to the Harimayabashi stop.

It is the third stop from Kochi Station. When you get off the tram, cross over the large intersection. The bridge is a short walk from there.

The affair recounted in song and on film

The ill-fated love story between Junshin—a priest of Chikurinji Temple on Mt. Godai—and a tinker's daughter named Ouma gained notoriety about a century and a half ago. They tried to keep their affair a secret, but that ended when Junshin bought a hairpin for Ouma.

The tale of these two lovers lives on in Kochi as the story is recounted every year in the lyrics for the city's Yosakoi Festival song. The site of the bridge gained even more attention through the 2009 movie "Harimaya Bridge."

Shops near the bridge sell kanzashi hairpins and sweets and cookies with hairpin designs.

The summertime festival itself

The Yosakoi Matsuri is Kochi's biggest annual event, held every summer in August, bringing together more than 10,000 dancers to celebrate life, the harvest and the city's prosperity.

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

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