Tonohesturi Bridge is one of the must see tourist spots in Fukushima. Hesturi is an old Aizu dialect meaning “cliff overlooking a river”. It is said that a long time ago, this place was once the sea. After long years of erosion and weathering, this 200 meter long cliff acquired a unique atmosphere, consisting of different kinds of shapes and sizes. Because of this Tonohetsuri has been acknowledged as a Nationally Designated Natural Monument.
To see the bridge and cliff over the river, get off at Tonohetsuri Station and walk down the path, then Turn right when you hit the road. It is about a 10 minute walk, as the station and the bridge are 300 meters apart. There are many shops selling souvenirs and snacks along the way. It is worth it to step inside and have look around, because they sell merchandise available only in Fukushima. There are also restrooms available, if you need to take a short break before continuing your journey.
After you are well rested and well fed, you are ready to see Tonohetsuri Bridge. There are a few outlook posts, so you can see the bridge from different angles. The bridge sways as you walk, so it creates a bit of a thrill. On the other side, there is a small shrine located inside a small cave. There you can toss in a coin and make a wish. There is also merchandise such as good luck charms available next to the shrine, so be sure to have a good look around before leaving. But be careful, because the stairs are very narrow and steep.
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