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Shimo-bairin Gate stood in between the entrances of the Hirakawa Gate and Nimaru. It was built in 1627, and as of today only the remains of a rock wall are left standing. The bridge connected to the gate is known as Shimo-bairin Kabuki-Manseibashi Bridge, and stretches from Tenjin Moat to Heikawa Moat. It is said that the bridge originally connected Kitahanebashi gate and Nishihanebashi gate.
With Edo Castle enclosed by castle towers, bridges were built to join the north, east and west gates to strengthen their defenses. It is currently an earthen bridge and because it is a part of a major road, very few people realize that they are walking across a bridge.


  • addressThe East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Chiyoda-ku
  • access6 minutes' walk form Exit 1a of Takebashi Station

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