A 66 cm wide stone bridge with weeping willow trees on the both side of Shirakawa stream
The bridge called, “Ippon-bashi” Bridge or “Gyoja-bashi” Bridge is located near the famed Chion-in Temple’s old gate at Gion Shirakawa district in Kyoto. Shirakawa stream flows into Kamogawa river with a stream from Lake Biwa.
“Gyoja-bashi” named after Gyoja, ascetic from Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. They cross this bridge after the ascentic practice of thousand day walk. The bridge is like a finish line to complete their practice. The stone bridge is only 66 cm wide, not enough for two people to cross by one another. You can rarely see those ascetic crossing the bridge, but you can often see local kids crossing the bridge in a row or crossing over on bicycle to see who’s the bravest.
This bridge is located on the way to Chion-in Temple, Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine from Okazaki Park and Heian Jingu Shrine. It’s a lovely stroll. In summer, green weeping willow trees along Shirakawa stream makes it look more beautiful.
Access : A short walk from Higashiyama Station on the subway Tozai line