Los Gatos, California
November 21, 2003
To travel to this amazing scenic wonder, we took a 52-minute train ride from our resort in Kumihama Bay, and then boarded a double-decker sightseeing boat for the trip across the bay. Once on the other side, we passed through a small shopping area to a staging platform at the base of Mt. Nariai. Here we were given the choice of ascending to the viewing platforms in Kasamatsu Park, halfway up the mountain, by using either a cable car or an open chair lift. We opted for the chair lift, which seemed more exciting.
After arriving at the park, we happily took our turns on the viewing platforms to see a sight rarely seen by foreign visitors to Japan. In the traditional stance, we took an upside-down look through our legs. This, it is said, gives the effect of a bridge in the sky extending toward heaven, thus the name.
Before leaving the area, we were able to visit Monjudo (the main building of Chionji Temple) and Tahoto Pagoda ("pagoda of many treasures"), built in 1500 and designated as an Important Cultural Property.
From journal The Other Half of Our Dream Vacation