Harimaya Bridge in Kochi Prefecture


Harimaya Bridge is a historic bridge located in the city of Kochi, in the Kochi Prefecture of Japan. The bridge spans over the Kagami River, and has become an iconic landmark of the city, attracting thousands of tourists every year.


The bridge was originally built in 1579 as part of Kochi Castle's defenses. It was named after a merchant named Harima who contributed to its construction. Over the centuries, the bridge underwent several renovations and reconstructions, until it was finally restored to its original form in 1953.


According to a local legend, the bridge is said to have magical powers that can grant wishes. It is said that if you write your wish on a piece of paper and attach it to the bridge, your wish will come true. This tradition has been passed down for generations, and today you can see thousands of colorful papers hanging from the bridge's railings.

Things to Do

  • Take a stroll across the bridge and enjoy the scenic views of the Kagami River.
  • Visit the nearby Harimaya-kan Museum to learn more about the history and culture of Kochi.
  • Take part in the local tradition and attach your own wish to the bridge.
  • Visit during the annual Harimaya Bridge Festival, held in May, to enjoy traditional music, dance, and food.


The approximate latitude and longitude of Harimaya Bridge are 33.5584° N, 133.5317° E.