Flight of the crane: Tsurunomai-bashi

Taking a drive through countryside Aomori on a clear and sunny spring day, we couldn’t believe our luck when we decided to take a pit-stop by Lake Tsugaru-Fujimi. Even with the last few cherry blossoms still clinging to their branches, our eyes were completely captivated by a beautiful triple-arched wooden bridge stretching across the blue water to a snow-capped Mt. Iwaki.

Tsuronomai Bridge is the longest wooden arched bridge in Japan (300m to be exact) made from Aomori Hiba timber. The elegant shape of the bridge is said to resemble the graceful flight of crane (in Japanese ‘tsuru’ – hence the name). A stroll across the beautiful bridge is said to bring you long life.

 

 

 

Long life or no, we were pretty satisfied having stumbled across such a stunning view. With a lovely park and facilities near by, it would make the perfect location for an afternoon stroll, cycle or picnic.

 


Access:

Located about a 50 min drive from Hirosaki City (access by car recommended – beautiful views of countryside + Mt. Iwaki on the way)

If taking public transport: take the JR Ou line from Shin-Aomori to Kawabe station (40mins) and change to the JR Gono line to Mutsu-Tsuruda station (25 mins). Take a taxi for 10 mins to Tsugaru-Fujimiko Park.

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