Introducing Dream Suspension Bridge Across Sumata Gorge | Stunning Scenery of Japan | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Dream Suspension Bridge Across Sumata Gorge]

Gaze upon the glory of nature from a suspension bridge across a valley of a thousand faces

After getting off the bus, you walk along the river upstream for about 30 minutes. What appears before your eyes next is a suspension bridge which stretches from side to side over a lake of emerald green. Commonly known as the "Dream Suspension Bridge", this bridge has a simple construction consisting of two narrow planks joined together, and is a truly thrilling experience. The lake which spreads out below your feet is an artificial feature formed by the Oma Dam, and the beautiful contrast between it and the seasonal mountain landscape is guaranteed to refresh your spirits. Crossing the suspension bridge and climbing the slope on the other side, you will come to an observation deck from which you can take in the lake and Sumata valley, which wear many faces and colors depending on the angle you view them from.

※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★★☆
  • Feeling:
  • Healing

Travel advice

Follow the Sumata Gorge Promenade from the bus stop. It is about 20 minutes on foot to the entrance to the Oma Dam (which is also a Sumata Gorge highlight), and about another 8 minutes to the Dream Suspension Bridge. There is a long, steep slope on the other side of the suspension bridge. People who don't fancy the climb can stay on this side and carry on to the Hiryu Bridge, from which they will be able to enjoy superb views of the valley and the suspension bridge.

The pleasure of travel: Sumata Gorge

One way to get to Sumata Gorge is to take the Oigawa Railway from Kakegawa Station. You will need to change trains on the way, and the ride will take about 2 hours 15 minutes in total. The train ride itself is also part of the fun. You will change trains at Senzu Station, around which there are lots of souvenir shops and places to eat, so you can take a break on the way and pick up some local teas and other regional specialties. The area around the starting point of the journey, Kakegawa Station, is dotted with gourmet cuisine spots you won't want to miss, like Imojirudokoro Honmaru, a restaurant specializing in the local specialty Japanese yam cuisine, and Maruma Shirasuya, where you can get your hands on fresh whitebait brought ashore at Mochimune Port. We highly recommend enjoying some Kakegawa specialty foods before or after your trip to Sumata Gorge.

Kakegawa Castle

Maruma Shirasuya

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updated on Sep 30, 2015