The Japanese Covered Bridge is a historic and cultural landmark in Hoi An, Vietnam. It was built by Japanese traders in the 17th century to connect their quarter with the Chinese quarter across a small stream. The bridge has a distinctive arched shape and a roof that covers the entire span. The bridge also houses a small temple dedicated to the god of weather, who was believed to control earthquakes and storms.
The Japanese Covered Bridge is one of the most popular attractions in Hoi An’s old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can admire the bridge’s architecture and decorations, which reflect the influences of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese styles. The bridge has statues of a monkey and a dog at its ends, representing the years that the construction started and finished according to the Chinese zodiac. The bridge was also featured on the 20,000 dong banknote issued in 2006.
The ticket costs 150,000 VND for international visitors and 80,000 VND for Vietnamese visitors. The ticket also allows access to other monuments in the old town.
The Japanese Covered Bridge is located on Tran Phu Street, at the west end of the street. Visitors can reach the bridge by walking, cycling or taking a taxi from other parts of Hoi An.
Some tips for visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge are:
- Avoid visiting during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm) when it can get crowded and hot.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes as the bridge can be slippery and humid.
- Respect the temple and its rules, such as removing shoes and hats before entering.
- Take photos from different angles and perspectives to capture the bridge’s beauty.
- Explore the nearby shops and cafes that sell souvenirs and local specialties.
The Japanese Covered Bridge is also a good starting point for tours that explore other attractions in Hoi An, such as My Son Sanctuary, Cu Lao Cham Island, Kim Bong Carpentry Village and more. Visitors can book tours online or through local travel agencies.