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Ume-no-hashi is a wooden bridge over Asano River that leads to Higashi Chaya District. Ume-no-hashi was named in contrast to Sakura-bashi over Sai River. It is the setting for Izumi Kyoka’s novel which won him a reputation “Giketsu Kyoketsu.” The stone monument related to the novel and a bronze statue of the heroin can be seen near the bridge. The bridge is lit up after sunset and adds an emotional atmosphere to the view of Asano River which is also called “Onna (feminine) River.” An event in May called “Koi Nagashi” when Japanese traditional carp streamers “Koinobori” are let down into the river for a swim.
- 1-18-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- Get off from Hokutetsu bus at Hashiba-cho. Walk for 8 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Free for observation
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- Free for observation
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Bridge that was the Setting for a Novel
The area around Ume-no-hashi is the setting for Izumi Kyoka’s novel “Giketsu Kyoketsu.” The story is about a pure and sad love between a young man and a beautiful traveling actress. The stone monument and a bronze statue of the heroin can be seen near the bridge. When you press the button in the white box situated next to the statue, some water spouts out from the Japanese fan.
Bridge Beautifully lit up at Night
The bridge is lit up after sunset and adds an even more tasteful atmosphere to the view of the bridge. The old fashioned wooden bridge, which can be rarely seen these days, lit up in orange light fits perfectly in the townscape of Kanazawa.
Annual Event in May “Koi Nagashi”
People put up the carp-shaped streamers praying for the success in life and health of boys in their family. A unique annual event on May 5 called “Koi Nagashi” to put the carp in the river to swim is held.
Higashi Chaya District
Higashi Chaya District, one of the three largest tea house districts in Kanazawa, is located within a short walking distance from Kanazawa station. It still keeps the sign of its former glory. It was designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. The street resembles Kyoto and has various shops for traditional crafts, Japanese sweets, and restaurants.
Kaga Yuzen Toro-Nagashi
The special feature in early summer in Kanazawa. Around 1,200 lanterns lit with candles float down the Asano River and creates an emotional atmosphere. It is to express their gratitude to the river that is necessary for “Kaga Yuzen,” the traditional craft of this area and to think about the goodness of their ancestors, and also praying for the future prosperity of Kaga Yuzen.