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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Momosuke Bridge Nagiso


The so-called "Momosuke Bridge" in Nagiso on the Nakasendo in Nagano Prefecture is a wooden, suspension bridge across the Kiso River built by the industrialist Momosuke Fukuzawa (1868-1938), the adopted son of the famous politician and reformer, Yukichi Fukuzawa.

Momosuke Bridge Nagiso.

The wooden, suspension bridge was completed in 1922 and was part of the project to build hydro-electric power stations along the Kiso River. The bridge was constructed to transport construction materials. The nearly 248 meter bridge is one of the longest such wooden bridges in Japan.

Momosuke Bridge Nagiso.

Momosuke Fukuzawa became extremely wealthy during his lifetime and was the lover of Sadayakko Kawakami - the Meiji and Taisho-era entertainer, known as the "geisha who wowed the West" following her successful tours of America and Europe. Their palatial, western-style love nest on the "Cultural Path" in Nagoya is now preserved as the Futaba Museum.

Momosuke Bridge Nagiso.

Momosuke Bridge is a short walk north from JR Nagiso Station. Nagiso is about 1 hour and 10 minutes from Nagoya Station on the JR Chuo Line with a change at Nakatsugawa Station.

The bridge is illuminated by LEDs at night.

Momosuke Bridge Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture.

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