There is a crazy old suspension bridge in the deep Southern Japanese Alps that is known as 夢想吊橋 (Musou Tsuribashi). This bridge is known as “Japan’s Scariest Suspension Bridge” for good reason. First, it is very narrow. Second, it was built sometime in the 50′s, so it seems to be Japanese oldest remaining suspension bridge. Third, it is really in the middle of nowhere, which means to me that it is very far from help if something were to happen. This clip was found on ニコニコ動画 the other day. There is are also videos of him coming back from crossing it (YouTube, ニコニコ動画) and trying it on a windy day (YouTube, ニコニコ動画).
Now that I know about it, the adventurer in me wants to conquer it. Mt. Myogi, featured in yesterday’s post, is dangerous and scary because you climb up the side of it with chains because it is too steep to climb otherwise. However, I did it! Now, I want to do this. It is a metaphor for life!
The TV show (I don’t have a clip from that episode, sorry!) that it was featured on originally did not disclose the location, saying “since there is real danger of people dying here, we cannot tell you where it is.”
Fuck that. Here’s a web site telling you where it is. Hell, here’s a Google Map of its location. Remember though, if you die or get seriously injured going here, it is not my fault. I am merely providing information! This blog has a nice account of one man’s attempt to get there, with pictures!
Just to give a reference to how scary this thing is, the 2nd scariest bridge was decommissioned in 2007. This one will probably be decommissioned at some point… or it will just fall down.
Anyway, since I’m not in Japan, I can’t go, but if you do and live to tell the tale, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear about it.
Tags: bridge, danger, hiking, nature, nicovideo, outdoors, scary, Southern Japanese Alps, suspension bridge, thrill seekers
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