Kintai Bridge is located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and spans the Nishiki River. Nature has constantly tested the structural integrity of the bridge.
Starting in 1673 the first bridge was completed and one year later, this bridge was washed away because the footing of the stone piers was weak.
This bridge is about 200 m long (220 yd.) The wooden structure consists of five arches, each 5 m (5.5 yd.) wide, 6.6 m (7.3 yd.) high, and spanning 40 m (44 yd.).
The elegance of the form inspired the name Kintai, which means gold brocade sash, because of a similarity to the traditional Nishiki obi for kimono.
[Kintaikyo Bridge] Iwakuni city Homepage > Summary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://kintaikyo.iwakuni-city.net/en/summary.html
Japan Atlas: Kintai Bridge. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://web-japan.org/atlas/historical/his18.html