Nijubashi Bridge, Tokyo

Nijubashi Bridge, Tokyo (must see)

The Nijubashi Bridge connects the Imperial Palace front Plaza called the Kokyo Gaien and the Imperial Place over a deep moat. It was once a wooden bridge with two levels which is why it was named Nijubashi or "double-bridge".

The wooden bridge was replaced with a steel bridge in 1964. It is best viewed from the large plaza called the Kokyo Gaien. Two bridges make up the entrance of the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called the Meganebashi or the Eyeglass Bridge and the other is the two-level steel Nijubashi Bridge.

The Nijubashi Bridge is not always opened to the public. It is used only when state guests visit the Imperial Palace or when Royal ceremonies are held. On two days in a year, the bridge is open for all members of the public and for visitors. On the 2nd of January when the people of Japan are allowed to visit the palace and greet the imperial family for the New Year and on the 23rd of December to greet the emperor on his birthday, the Nijubashi Bridge is open to all. Today, it is one of the most photographed structures in Japan.

Why You Should Visit:
Perhaps the most photographed bridge in Tokyo, if not in all of Japan; perfect photo op and a fabulous view.

Tip:
Try to be there around sunset, it's just beautiful to walk by.

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Nijubashi Bridge on Map

Sight Name: Nijubashi Bridge
Sight Location: Tokyo, Japan
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

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