Imperial Palace - Edo Castle / Nijubashi - Tokyo Tourist Guide
The Nijubashi bridge with The bridge was actually built in the middle of the Meiji period (1888). A wooden bridge originally stood here before connecting to a masugata gate on the other side.
Nijubashi means the "Double Bridge" is one of the most well-known bridges in Japan. If you are looking at the bridge from the front, the two separate bridges appear as a single two storied bridge.
The correct name for bridge in the foreground is
"Stone Bridge of the Main Gate"
The bridge in the background is called "Steel Bridge of the Main Gate".
In the past the steel bridge of the Main Gate was a wooden bridge, which as later reinforced with wooden beams that created the Nijubashi or double bridge.
The present bridge was re-constructed in 1964.
Nijubashi bridge is only opened for formal ceremonies in the Imperial Palace and special occasions like official state visits.
However twice a year on the Emperor's Birthday, 23 December, and on 2 January, people are allowed to enter the East Plaza or "To-tei" via the Nijubashi.
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