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This is a wooden bridge which crosses the inner moat from Hitotsubashi 1-chome leading the to Hirakawa-mon Gate in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. It was first built in 1614 and has underwent regular repairs since then, most recently in 1988. The current structure consists of Taiwanese hinoki cypress for the body, a stone pier and abutment, and steel supporting beams. It is 29.7m-long and 7.82m-wide. Hirakawa-mon Gate was the main gate used to enter Sannomaru in Edo-jo castle.
It was the main gate used by the three secondary Tokugawa branch families: Tayasu, Hitotsubashi, and Shimizu. Currently, the gate and the masugata structures can be seen.
- addressBetween Hitotsubashi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku and the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
- access2 minutes' walk from Exit 1a of Takebashi Station