"Minami-takabashi" in Chuo-ku is the oldest steel truss bridge in Tokyo.

This steel truss bridge, 63 meters long and 11 meters wide, was built in 1932. But the further information about the background of this oldish-looking bridge may be needed. The construction plan of this bridge was materialized in 1923, when the Great Tokyo Earthquake occurred. As this unprecedented quake caused harsh damage to Tokyo, the construction plan of this bridge was interrupted by a budgetary deficit. The authorities came up with a good idea to overcome this difficulty. They reused a part of a destroyed steel bridge by the quake instead of the new bridge construction. "Ryogoku-bashi" bridge built in 1904, the central part of which fortunately survived the quake, was partly relocated here and renamed Minami-takabashi in 1932. This bridge was actually built in 1932 though, as the original Ryogoku-bashi was Tokyo's oldest steel truss bridge, Minami-takabashi has become the oldest one in Tokyo.

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Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

全国通訳案内士 高木聖久。


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