Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I would like to introduce the Momijidani Suspension Bridge in Tochigi Prefecture, which I toured by bike from central Tokyo. Momijidani Suspension Bridge is Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge located in Nasushiobara City, and is a beautiful spot for viewing the autumn leaves. I arrived there in about 3 hours via the Shuto Expressway and Tohoku Expressway on my favorite Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide. In this article, we will explain what kind of place Momijidani Suspension Bridge is, the route to get to it, what to see, and information about motorcycle parking.
What is Momijidani Suspension Bridge?
Momijidani Suspension Bridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan, located in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture. A huge suspension bridge with a total length of 320 meters and a height of 100 meters crosses the valley. There are observation decks at both ends of the suspension bridge, offering a panoramic view of the Momiji Valley with the clear stream flowing below and the surrounding mountains. Especially in autumn, when the maple valley turns bright red, you can enjoy a spectacular view. When you cross a suspension bridge, you may feel nervous due to the sway and height, but that is also the real pleasure of touring.
Route to Momijidani Suspension Bridge
I went on a motorcycle tour from central Tokyo. The starting point is Ginza, Chuo Ward. From Ginza, take the Shuto Expressway City Loop Line/C1 and transfer to the Shuto Expressway Route 9/Wangan Line at Edobashi JCT. From Shuto Expressway No. 9/Wangan Line, enter Shuto Expressway No. 6/Mukojima Line and transfer to Shuto Expressway Chuo Loop Line/C2 at Horikiri JCT. From the Shuto Expressway Central Loop Line/C2, take the Shuto Expressway Kawaguchi Line/S1 at Kosuge JCT, then transfer to the Tohoku Expressway/E4 at Kohoku JCT. From Tohoku Expressway/E4, enter Tohoku Jukan Expressway/E4 and exit at Nishinasuno-Shiobara IC. From Nishinasuno-Shiobara IC, take National Route 400/Shiobara Kaido and reach your destination in Sekiya, approximately 9 kilometers away. The entire trip was about 200 kilometers and took about 3 hours including breaks.
Highlights of Momijidani Suspension Bridge
The highlight of the Momijidani Suspension Bridge is the contrast between the huge suspension bridge that crosses the valley and the autumn leaves. The observation decks at both ends of the suspension bridge offer panoramic views of the valley and mountains. When you cross a suspension bridge, you’ll be nervous at the sway and height, but it will also become a fun memory.
From the center of the suspension bridge, you can overlook the Momiji Valley where the clear stream flows. In autumn, the maple valley turns bright red, creating a spectacular view. Facilities such as walking paths, benches, and toilets are also available around the suspension bridge. You can enjoy the nature of the valley and forest by walking along the walking path. The toilets were clean and comfortable.
Motorcycle parking lot at Momijidani Suspension Bridge
Momijidani Suspension Bridge has a dedicated motorcycle parking lot. The motorcycle parking lot is located about a 5-minute walk from the entrance of Momijidani Suspension Bridge. Motorcycle parking is free, but space is limited and it can be crowded on weekends and holidays. From the motorcycle parking lot, walk along the paved road to Momijidani Suspension Bridge. There are souvenir shops and restaurants along the road.
This time, I introduced the Momijidani Suspension Bridge in Tochigi Prefecture, which I toured by bike from central Tokyo. Momijidani Suspension Bridge is Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, and is a beautiful spot for viewing the autumn leaves. I arrived in my favorite car in about 3 hours via the Shuto Expressway and Tohoku Expressway. When I crossed the suspension bridge, I was nervous due to the shaking and the height, but it is also a fun memory. Facilities such as walking paths, benches, and toilets are also available around the suspension bridge. Motorcycle parking is available free of charge, but the number of spaces is limited. There are souvenir shops and restaurants along the road. I enjoyed Tochigi Prefecture’s special products and local cuisine.
Momijidani Suspension Bridge is a recommended destination for motorcycle touring.