In 1940,Japan had planned to held World Exposition at Tsukishima, Tokyo.
It was said that first Emperor Jimmu crowned 660 BC in Japanese historical book “Nihonshoki” written in Nara period(AC.710-AC.794).
World Exposition was planned to celebrate Japanese imperial 2600 years.
It was needed to cross over Sumida river to go Tsukishima.
To make easy access, Kachidokibashi bridge was built at Sumida river in 1940.
To show Japanese technology, design and construction was carried out by only Japanese.
But,because of the Second Sino-Japanese War began in 1937, World Exposition was cancelled.
Since then, Kachidokibashi bridge has been located the lowest place at Sumida River.
So Kachidokibashi bridge is entrance gate of Sumida River.
*Now Tsukiji-ohashi bridge is being constructed lower place than Kachidokibashi bridge.
Construction is to be finished in 2016.
Kachidokibashi Bridge is now designated to Japanese important cultural asset.
Kiyosubashi Bridge and Eitaibashi Bridge are also designated to important cultural asset.
When Kachidokibashi bridge was constructed, ship transportation was more important than cars.
So Kachidokibashi Bridge is constructed as movable bridge.
It was called the best movable bridge at east Asia.
Unfortunately it does not open now. Because car transportation became more important than ship transportation.
Double arch design.
Around Kachidokibashi Bridge is well prepared sidewalk called Sumidagawa Terrace. Here is good for walking.
The appearance is powerful and strong iron.
Kacidokibashi bridge is part of Harumi-dori street.
Kabukiza and Ginza Crossing are near from here along Harumi-dori street. It may good to walk here from Ginza.
The Laser of Kabukiza!!
Here is The Ginza!! Ginza Crossing
This bridge became full open in 70 seconds. Widest angle was 70 °.
I can’t believe this heavy iron had been moving.
There are 4 rooms on the bridge.
They were used for control, watching, staying room.
Here is surrounded by huge buildings.
Retro design lamp.
View from down stream. If World Exposition had been held in 1940, many foreign people would have passed here. Here had been able to “bridge” the people of the world. The war is sad.
There is Tsukiji market at opposite side.
In November 2016, Tsukiji Jonai Shijo(inner market) is going to move to Toyosu. Tsukiji Jogai Shijo(outer market) stay here.
Twilight. Bridge shine green and blue.
I wanted to take photo from right in front, moved to Tsukudaohashi Bridge. It is located upper stream.
Discover Interval Tsukudaohashi Bridge
On the way to Tsukudaohashi Bridge,buildings were shining!
In addition to Tsukudaohashi Bridge, Chuo-Ohashi Bridge and Skytree were seen!
The Kabuto, Chuo-Ohashi Bridge
Kachidokibashi Bridge and Tokyo Tower.
House boat was passing.
Here is Tsukudaohashi Bridge. Buildings of Tsukudashima(right) are so huge!
From Tsukudaohashi Bridge. Right in front.
If Kachidokibashi opens with light up, it will be beautiful and I can take interesting photo.
Passing house boat.
Near Kachidokibashi west crossing, there is Kachidoki Bridge Archives Museum.
Here was former electrical substation for Kachidokibashi Bridge.
There can see instruments and know history about Kachidokibashi Bridge.
Electric power generation facilities.
Many switches. I wanted to touch button, but it is prohibited.
And this is opening Kachidokibashi bridge.
Kachidoki Bridge Archives Museum (Japanese)
Location: Tsukiji 6, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Entrance Fee: Free
Open: Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Hour: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM *During December – Feburuary 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Holidays: December 29th – January 3rd
Knowing history about Kachidokibashi Bridge, I felt proud of Japanese people at that time.
And of course it is still our proud! We have to save this beautiful architecture for future.
Technique:Chicago type bascule bridge
Nearest station: Tsukijishijo Station, Kachidoki Station / Toei Oedo line
Manager:TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT
Reference of information: “Tokyo Pocket Map of Bridges Sumida river”,2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Public Corporation for Road Improvement and Management
Related Category : Bridges at Sumida River