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“Splendid view and experience”

Kokonoe Yume Otsuri Bridge
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Singapore, null, Singapore
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33 reviews
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“Splendid view and experience”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

The local bus company Kamenoi offers a day tour departing from Beppu/Yufuin and we visited the suspension bridge using this coach tour. It started snowing after we left Yufuin traveling up the mountains enroute to our destination. The view from the bridge was simply beautiful, but I think you cannot beat visiting during the autumn season for the autumn foliage. When we reached the other end of the bridge, there was a staff guarding the exit, and we did not know that there was more to see beyond the bridge, as what the other TA reviewers have mentioned. It was drizzling, windy and blistering cold, but the bridge did not sway at all when we were crossing it. Staff were also patrolling the bridge regularly, i guess to make sure no one does anything crazy. Soon, the whole bridge became enveloped by the low clouds, and the scenary below the brigge was a sea of white - nothing could be seen. We felt sorry for the visitors who stopped by during this time, as they were deprived of the view of the bridge and everything else. Not sure if they were even allowed to cross the bridge from then on. A professional photographer was on standby at the entrance of the bridge to take pictures of you and the bridge. Of course, there are the obligatory tourist souvenir shots that they take for you, but you do not need to buy them if you do not like the pictures. Near the ticket booth is the usual souvenir shop but we gave it a miss due to time constraint.

Visited December 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Dream walkway”
Reviewed 21 February 2013

We walked across the Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi suspension bridge in freezing weather and blistering wind. The walk across took us 20 minutes and another 10 minutes to climb up the hill to the observatory.

When we reached the other side, we saw a couple of shops and a cafeteria. However, as we got closer, we found them closed for winter.

The bridge is 390m long and is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan. Designed to carry up to 1,800 people, the bridge is stable with no movement even in strong winds.

“Yume” means “dreams”. So take a walk across the dream walkway.

Visited February 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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“The previous English posters miss the point . . .”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Try visiting this bridge during autumn season. The bridge is located over a gorge, with at least two waterfalls as far as I could tell. During autumn, the view with the autumn leaves is probably quite beautiful. That is why this location was selected.

Also, not too sure, but I think it's the longest suspension bridge in the world, or at least Japan. When it was built, I think it was to make it the longest in the world. It takes almost 30 minutes to walk to the other side.

Because of all this, it is a worthwhile excursion from Yufuin or Beppu if you have a rental car. At the least, you can use it as a lunch spot due to the restaurant or obentos you can buy at the fruit and vegetable market.

Visited February 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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“No useful purpose”
Reviewed 11 October 2012

Many tourists go there by coaches as a part of their tour programmes. This is a rather dull suspension bridge for visitors walking from one end to another and back. It does not really serve any purpose for the local residents apart from bringing people to the souvenir shops. Not too bad if you have not walked on a suspension bridge especially in spring time.

Visited August 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Nonsens bridge connecting parking lot with souvenir shops”
Reviewed 3 August 2011

When in Japan you certainly realise the excellent condition of the infrastructure in most parts of the country. In Kokonoe, 2 billion Japanese Yen have been spent for this state of the art suspension bridge "supposed to bring the townspeople closer to their dreams".
Although you will quickly see that there is not much to see from the bridge, it is nonetheless interesting to see how Oita is trying to make visitors stay longer in their prefecture. At least take your time and walk up the hill on the other side to the temple in the nearby forest that is less crowded by tourists.

Visited November 2010
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