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Megane-bashi Bridge (Usui Third Bridge)

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Japan's largest brick arch bridge in Usui Pass, Gunma Prefecture

This is one of the brick arch rail bridges in Japan, completed in 1892. The appearance is majestic and elegant. The Japanese government designated the bridge as an important cultural property. After the railroad was discontinued in 1963, the abandoned track was converted into a trail on which people can walk. Local people call the bridge Megane-bashi (glasses bridge) because of its shape.


The railroad was discontinued in 1963 due to the opening of a new line. The abandoned track was converted into the six-kilometer trail, which was named Abt-no-Michi (Abt Promenade) because the railroad had been constructed as an Abt-system railway.

Stunning views change by season

Megane-bashi is a majestic and heavy-looking bridge that is 91 meters long and 31 meters high. The bridge always provides a breathtakingly beautiful view against the backdrop of shining fresh foliage, vivid autumn leaves or the winter snowscape.


Name Megane-bashi Bridge (Usui Third Bridge)
Web Sites https://www.visitgunma.jp/en/sightseeing/detail.php?sightseeing_id=47
Address Sakamoto, Matsuida-machi, Annaka-shi, Gunma
Access 15 minutes' bus ride from Yokokawa Station on the JR Shin'etsu Line
Inquiries TEL: 027-382-1111 (Annaka City Commerce and Industry Section)

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