Spanning approximately 28m and standing 21m high above the water’s surface in a beautifully balanced arch, Tochigi prefecture’s Bansui Bridge is known to be one of just two such bridges in all of Japan.
Believed to have been built in 1932, the bridge has been re-constructed many times, and is currently on its fifth reconstruction.
Although the origin of the bridge’s name is unknown, ‘bansui’ is believed to mean something along the lines of ‘the green on the trees does not disappear, even in winter’ (‘ban’ actually means ‘night’ in this case, and ‘sui’ means ‘green’).
Each year, at the end of December, the bridge is lit-up with beautiful artificial illumination, casting a fairy-tale like glow reminiscent of a photograph, that is reflected in the water below.


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