My husband and I have visited many times, seeming as it is so close to our home and a good "tourist" place to show visitors. And it was particularly gorgeous on a warm September evening, as the sun sank down in reverence to the Autumnal moon.
|Tribute to the bride's world record status.|
|Looking out over the bridge and the Oigawa.|
|100 yen/per person to cross the bridge - buy your tickets here.|
|If no one is manning the station, drop your money in this box.|
|Oigawa River and marathon course (walking/jogging/biking path)|
|A sign indicating what you can do on the other side.|
|The crane is a sign of good luck.|
|The bell of love. Yes, I rang it.|
|They look happy in conversation. Set in stone. Ha, ha... ok ok.|
|The happy ones make me smile.|
|She's actually based off an Indian god, and does, a lot.|
|Such a jolly fellow.|
|Apita in the distance on the right.|
|The harvest moon.|
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How to get there: Go to JR Shimada Station, 島田駅, about 26 minutes from Shizuoka Station, 静岡駅. Horai Bashi is a 15-20 minute walk from Shimada Station, or a 5 minute taxi ride. There are no buses here.
Cost: 100 yen/adult; 10 yen/child.
When to go: Anytime! Although in Winter it's quite cold and extremely windy! However, Mt. Fuji can be seen from the bridge on a clear day, and clear days typically occur during Winter.
Bathrooms: Yes. Bring toilet paper or tissue just in case. Apita also has bathrooms.
Japanese required: Only enough to ask for tickets, but you can just hold up your fingers for how many people if you don't know any Japanese.