Muster your courage and get ready to cross the impressive, 250m-long Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge! If you are enjoying Kyushu, make this a stop!
Do you enjoy thrills? How does enjoying the beautiful scenery of Kyūshū from high in the air sound? If you take a trip to Kagoshima and Miyakonojo, just a short drive away is beautiful Aya valley – and it can be appreciated from this massive bridge!
This pedestrian suspension bridge is 820 feet (250 meters) long and 466 feet (142 meters) high. It is just as impressive in person as those numbers would suggest.
Crossing high over the Aya River that runs beneath you, you’ll need to muster your courage to walk the distance across the bridge. I’m not afraid of heights and I’ll admit I was eager to cross the bridge as speedily as possible!
At first Jeannie was terrified and wouldn’t walk on any part that wasn’t solid metal – she didn’t like seeing the river and valley through the holes! By the end she was running and jumping saying she was “brave like Peter Rabbit!” (one of her favorite characters).
She wasn’t the only one who had a hard time walking across. We also saw a brave man whose knees were visibly shaking as he clung to the side and inched his was across. We all cheered for him as he ran off when he got to the end!
The views are spectacular! I love the mountains here in Japan, always covered in thick foliage, cedars or pines. It was nerve-wracking and inspiring to walk across the bridge because of the sheer height of it, but it really is beautiful, too – a very scenic bend in the valley!
Plan your trip:
If you’re in the area, this is a must see! Whether you’re relaxing in Miyakonojo, taking in the volcanos of the region like Mount Sakurajima or Mount Aso, or traveling south from the hot springs of Beppu, there are plenty of reasons to come to this corner of Kyushu!
It costs ¥350 to access the suspension bridge and the cultural museum that houses documents about the surrounding evergreen forest.
It’s open year-round during daylight hours. Check out their website for more information!