Crossing the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge in western Oita Prefecture is like walking in the sky. The bridge was the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan till the opening of the Mishima Skywalk. It is located in the mountains of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, and has already been visited by more than 11 million visitors.
The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge offers views of the green countryside, two waterfalls, the Naruko River, and a 173-meter-deep valley. The nearby Kuju Mountains and Iida Plateau are great for hiking. The Tadewara Wetlands and several hot springs are also popular with travelers, the most famous of which is Kurokawa Onsen.
Oita is known for its wide variety of fresh produce and friendly local people. If you love nature and relaxing vacation, come here for a few days. Countless visitors come here for the exhilarating feeling of walking high over the valley and the amazing views. Let's find out more facts about the size and features of this suspension bridge.
Size and Features of The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge allows visitors to enjoy a large panorama at an altitude of 777 meters. The bridge took two and a half years and was finally completed on October 30, 2006. It is a very strong bridge, and it is safe for 1,800 people to walk on the bridge simultaneously. In 2006, in the first month of the suspension bridge's opening, 300,000 people passed. From the bridge, people can see the magnificent waterfalls; it is also a famous maple viewing spot; the bridge attracts a large number of tourists in early November every year.
Dimensions of The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
With an altitude of 777 meters and a total length of 390 meters, the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge was once the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in Japan. Its main bridge tower is 43 meters high, and the 1.5 meters wide bridge stands 173 meters deep above the ground. When it comes to length, the Mishima Skywalk is the longest today. But Kokonoe Yume Bridge remains the highest pedestrian-only suspension bridge.
|Tower Height||43 m|
|Clearance Below||173 m|
The scenery from the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge is different and beautiful all year round. The best time to visit is between April and early December, especially from mid-April to May, when you can see lush vegetation in spring, and fiery autumn leaves in November. The suspension bridge may be closed to traffic in bad weather, natural disasters, or heavy traffic. Using drones, sitting, running, and using umbrellas are prohibited on the bridge. Due to the grille on the bridge deck, avoid using thin walking sticks or wearing high heels.