The construction of Tsuru no Mai Bridge was completed on July 8, 1994. The bridge spans across Tsugaru Fujimi Lake. It is the longest wooden bridge in Japan. The bridge is triple arched and is 300 meter long. A shadow of Mt. Iwaki beautifully reflects on the lake surface. The bridge is a symbol of Tsuruta, the town of red-crowned crane and international cultural exchange. The bridge resembles a crane flying in the sky. It’s a common belief that those who walk across the bridge will have a long life.
Tsuru no Mai Bridge appears differently as season changes. A spectacular scene of the bridge emerging along with the dawn and orange and red colored bridge during sunset are a few example of why tourists are drawn to visit this place.
Tsugaru Fujimi Lake
Tsuru no Mai Bridge crosses over Mawarizeki Otameike, also known as Tsugaru Fujimi Lake. The tragic love legend involving Princess Shirakami and lord of Shimizu Castle has been told from generation to generation.
From Tsugaru Fujimi Park to Crane Nature Park
Tsuru no Mai Bridge connects Tsugaru Fujimi Park and Crane Nature Park.
The park has a large children’s playground, picnic area, fishing area, boat riding area and more. It is a popular place for a family to spend time together. At the Crane Nature Park, a dozen of red-crowned crane is housed.
|Name||Tsuru no Mai Bridge|
|Bridge Pier||30cm (1 ft) diameter (700 piers made of trees that are over 150 years old)|
|Material used||No. 1 grade Aomori Hiba (Japanese cypress tree)|
|Amount used||3,000 logs and 3,000 boards (equivalent amount to build 30 4-bedroom houses)|
|Rest area||2 large rest area – 10m x 21m (33ft x 69ft). 2 small rest area – 9m x 9m (30ft x 30ft)|
|Official Lake name||Mawarizeki Otameike|
|Common name||Tsugaru Fujimi Lake|
|Built||July 8, 1994|
|Address||81-150 Osawa Mawarizeki Tsuruta, Aomori 038-3542|
|Tel||0173-22-2111 (Tourism & Industry Division, Tsuruta Town Office)|
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