- Naidanjin Bridge
The name "Naidaijin," Minister of the Center in Japanese, derives from the legend of "Heike," the Taira clan. A long time ago, a Heike warrior, who defeated in the famous Battle of Dannoura, came to this area and lived in the deep gorge, worshipping Taira no Shigemori, also known as Komatsu Naidaijin.
This area is a primeval forest area of Japanese fir trees and japanese hemlock trees, and is a popular tourist spot for autumn foliage and winter hoarfrost.
Naidaijin Bridge is located at the beginning of the Naidaijin Gorge, built to develop the national forest spread over Kumamoto and Miyazaki Prefectures. With the size of 199..5 meters long, 5.5 meters in width and 86 meters above the water surface, the bridge was once praised as the largest arch bridge in the Orient. It started as a pay bridge, and in 1980, it turned into a free service bridge. Since then, it has been used as a bridge for both public and forestry use.