This remarkable vine bridge is one of only three left in the valley – the other two are further east in Higashi Iya. Unfortunately this one has been totally overshadowed by a monstrous bus and car parking area, plus an information centre. If you've got your own wheels, head to the twin bridges in Higashi Iya instead for a much more enjoyable experience. If you do visit this bridge, also check out the nearby Biwa-no-taki, an impressive 50m-high waterfall.

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1. Peeing Boy Statue

3.48 MILES

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2. Buke Yashiki

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3. Higashi Iya History & Folk Museum


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4. Lapis Ōboke

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6. Temple 66: Unpen-ji

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7. Oku Iya Ni-jū Kazura-bashi

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8. Ryūga-dō

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