Usui 3rd Bridge (Megane-bashi)碓氷第三橋梁(めがね橋)
Usui 3rd Bridge, commonly called Megane-Bashi, is a large arch bridge built with bricks in 1893, which is 31 meters in height and 91 meters in length. The former railway line has been maintained as a walking trail called Apt Road and you can walk on this bridge. It’s one of Usui Pass Railway facilities which are a national important cultural property. It is a magnificent and beautiful brick arch bridge with four rows, which is one of the largest in Japan. Five bridges, from the 2nd bridge to the 6th bridge, remain in the surrounding area.
This bridge was used until 1963, and the track trace is now a hiking course called Apt Road. There are stairs on the back of the bridge, and you can walk up to the top of the bridge. The view from the top of the bridge is beautiful, and there are old tunnels on both sides of the bridge, so you can feel the old days just by walking a little on the bridge.
This bridge faces the old road of Route 18(Kyudo). The old road has many curves and is dangerous, so if you are heading toward Karuizawa from here, it is recommended that you return to the new road of Route 18(Usui By-pass).
The surrounding roads have many curves and are dangerous, so never park on the street and make sure to use the parking lot.
Opening hours: Open all day (however, the lighting time in the tunnel of Apt is from 7:00 to 18:00)
About 1 hour and 40 minutes by car or 75km from Chichibu City.
About 35 minutes by car or 25km from/to Karuizawa Town.