Harimaya-bashi Bridge

Kochi, Shikoku

Well known as mentioned in big hit song
Cute red arched bridge

Harimaya-bashi is a tiny, 20-meter red arched bridge in an area with department stores and other buildings standing side by side in the heart of Kochi City. The bridge is said to have been given the name because two shops, Harimaya and Hitsuya which stood across the Hori River during the Edo period (1603 to 1868), built a bridge over it for smooth traffic between them. Originally a simple wooden bridge, it was repeatedly torn down and rebuilt, while the river was filled. Through twists and turns, the location has been built into a park with an artificially gully reviving the murmur of a stream.

An old local fork song, Yosakoi, has a phrase of Buddhist priest Junshin buying a hairpin at the bridge for his sweetheart Ouma. A song with the title of “Nangoku Tosa wo Atonishite” made based on the phrase and sung by Peggy Hayama, sold millions of records in the 1960s. The song was also cinemized, prompting tourists to flock to the Harimaya-bashi show in the movie and making the bridge into a sightseeing spot. A monument depicting Junshin and Ouma stands at the foot of the bridge.


1-1 Harimaya Town, Kochi City, Kochi
088-823-9457 (Tourism Department of Kochi City Office)

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