The continuous five-span structure (with three central arch spans) of the Kintaikyo Bridge is a structure which is rarely seen in the world, as it is the result of independently developed bridging technology. This structure is evidence of our predecessors' determination to build a bridge that could not be washed away. Even in today’s world, this technique is highly revered.
The structure of the Kintaikyo Bridge consists of five timberwork spans. The three central spans were built using an arch construction technique called “seri-mochi-shiki” in Japanese. The two end spans used an arched girder construction.
|Bridge span||Bridge height|
|The 1st span||34.80m(Former 37.10m)||8.78m|
|The 2nd span||35.10m(Former 34.96m)||12.46m|
|The 3rd span||35.10m(Former 35.10m)||13.03m|
|The 4th span||35.10m(Former 35.61m)||12.90m|
|The 5th span||34.80m(Former 34.79m)||9.42m|
Distance from the deepest point of the riverbed