Ryogoku / TOKYO SKYTREE(R),Tokyo
Sakura-bashi Bridge connects the two sections of Sumida Park on either side of Sumida River. It is a pedestrian-only bridge distinguished by a smart facade that blends in with its surroundings.
The bridge was constructed in 1985 as a part of Sumida Park. The 169.5-meter long and 6-meter wide pedestrian bridge is built over the Sumida River to connect the Sumida side and the Taito side of Sumida Park. It has a smart design that blends in with the surroundings and is distinguished by a curve in the shape of an x. The design received the Tanaka Award from Japan Society of Civil Engineers in 1989. Natural stones were used as the base stone and seasonal flowers are planted at the edges. In 1995, A sculpture made by the sculptor, Yoshio Hosoi, based on a design by the nihonga painter, Ikuo Hirayama, was installed on the bridge to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its construction. The more than 1000 cherry blossoms along both banks of the Sumida River can be enjoyed in in the spring and the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in the summer.