The oldest stone arch bridge in Japan
Meganebashi or Spectacles Bridge, over the Nakashima River was built in Nagasaki
in 1634 by the Chinese monk Mokusunyoujo who is a second generation of Chinese
monks living at Kofukuji Temple.
It is said to be the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan and has been designated as an
Important Cultural Property. Megane Bridge is also part of the first group of bridges built
over Nakashima River.
Megane Bridge is made of stone and is a double arch bridge. It received the
nickname “Spectacles Bridge” because its two arches and their reflection in the
water create the image of a pair of spectacles.
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