Saru-hashi (猿橋) bridge is lesser‐known but drawn in a Nishikie (錦絵) by Hiroshige (広重). The wooden bridge was built over the rapid where it was difficult to use pillars. Typically, in that case, suspension bridges are common solution but it was built with another classical way named “Hane-bashi”, literally drawbridge.
According to the Wikipedia, it is said that there’s no wooden Hane-bashi left in Japan and Saru-hashi is not the exception, that is, Today’s Saru-hashi was rebuilt with steel frames for safety.
Interestingly, there are four different bridges side by side there:
- Saru-hashi, a pedestrian bridge
- New Saru-hashi (route 20)
- Water bridge for a power station
- another one