Monday, June 8, 2015

Kyushu Spring 2014 九州春季之旅 - Megane bashi 眼镜桥

Visited 20.03.2014

Megane bashi means "spectacle bridge" (megane = spectacles). This name was derived because when the two arches of the bridge and the reflection in the waters are seen together, it looks like a pair of spectacles. Megane bashi, which runs across Nakashima River, is the oldest stone bridge in Japan and is voted as the top three bridges in Japan, alongside Tokyo's Nihonbashi and Iwakuni's Kintaikyo. This bridge was built in 1634, and the construction was initiated by Mokusunyojo, who is second generation monk of Koufukuji Temple (興福寺). However, the original bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1982. The current standing bridge was reconstructed later on.

Heart shaped rock supposed to bless you in relationships if you can spot it!
Heart shaped stone. Pry your eyes open to search hard for this unique heart shaped stone embedded in the stone wall of the river bank. This has become a "must do" activity for visitors when they come to this attraction. Managed to spot this after some time and the location of the stone is not too far from Megane bashi. If this is not enough, there are other similar stones hidden within the footpaths in Glover Garden, another well-known attraction in Nagasaki city.


How to get there? 
(1) By Streetcar - Take line 4 or 5 and alight at Nigiwai Bashi (賑橋) or Koukaido Mae (公会堂前). Less than 5 mins walk from either streetcar stop,

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