Gojo Bridge, Nagoya

Gojo Bridge (五條橋) is the first bridge built over Hori River in Nagoya. It was originally spanned the Gojo River which flows through Kiyosu (bordered by Nagoya to the east), and was relocated to the present location by order of Tokugawa Ieyasu when Nagoya Castle was being built.

GOJO BRIDGE: The name of the bridge is thought to date back to the time of the “Kiyosu Goshi” of 1610 (or Keicho 15) when the entire castle town of Kiyosu was moved to the area around Nagoya Castle. Gojo Bridge was said to have spanned the Gojo River in front of the Kiyosu Castle.
Originally made of wood, the bridge was reconstructed in concrete in 1938. The inscription on the ornamental (metal) knobs now preserved in Nagoya Castle reads “Gojo Bridge, Keicho 7, Year of the Tiger, June, Lucky Day”.

A large picture of Nagoya Castle on a construction platform in Hori river next to Gojo Bridge.

The Hori River (堀川, Hori-kawa)

photos: Junko Nagata ©Japanbyweb.com