Yumeno Tsuribashi “Dream” Suspension Bridge.

Part 1

March 04, 2018
As we planned to celebrate Jun’s birthday in advance, the guys chose a place to go to and they said we’re going to a dream bridge, they did sent a photo of it but I didn’t expect it to be this magical. Traveling alone is already exciting, I was expecting that it’s only near Hamamatsu since we left at 12 noon, but ’twas already two hours of unending driving and we haven’t reached our destination yet. The road reminds me of Baguio, and the place according to Iza reminds her of her hometown in Germany.

Hajime and Jun picked us up at started travelling, I didn’t enjoy the road trip as I easily get sick when traveling and I am sitting at the back seat, I prefer the front seat plus the road made me dizzy.

The place looks calm and it was totally different from the cities we’ve visited here in Japan, there’s something in the houses and restaurants that made me feel nostalgic and a bit sad, it was quiet and empty. The place gave me so much emotion, as to why I edited my pictures into black and white to express how I felt that time. If I came there alone, I have this feeling that I would cry and just stop walking.

The entrance gate to the bridge seems like it would close anytime and will not let you escape and just keep you there forever. Nah, I’m just being paranoid. This is one of the reasons why I’m too scared to travel alone and travel late, I don’t want that rush feeling and thoughts of being stuck in one place (don’t get me wrong I have experienced it once here in a place I don’t even know and I couldn’t do anything at that time but to wait for the stations to start working the next day, terrible).

Even their toilets are creepy, I didn’t dare to enter.

Before your reach the bridge, you’ll have to pass this long tunnel and it was really dark. An old man cleaning the tunnel even talked to us while holding his broom made of bamboo sticks, he kept on talking but I couldn’t understand a word. The guys didn’t explain what he said so we kept walking.

As I mentioned that the place seems empty, I was surprised when we reached the bridge because there were lot of people, mostly couples and family with a small kid. There were lots of couples in the area because the bridge is known for granting a couple’s wish if they cross the bridge together. I should have known these things before coming, but I don’t have my special one here so *sigh.

We also had to fall in line and waited for our turn because the bridge can only take 10 people at the same time, and I am really amazed how Japanese respect everything, the rules, to people, the environment and everything around them. They walk quietly, you can’t see any litters, no loud chatting and everyone waits patiently (all the time).

This isn’t the suspension bridge of dream, it was the second bridge you would see on the other side of the mountain, on your way the other suspension bridge but it would take 300 steps for you to get there. We stopped in the middle because it was getting dark already and I find the place a little bit creepy, we sat down a table to breath before turning back and a young couple passed us, I highly respect the girl because she’s wearing high heels (though I am wearing one but it’s a closed shoes and hers was really high) and she didn’t seem tired. Going back the first bridge we saw a couple sitting on a blanket and having tea and bread, they have big bags and they looked ready for an overnight hiking.

It was getting dark already when we left, we took some photos and enjoyed recording some videos on our way to the car. We also saw a hammock restaurant, if I wasn’t tired, I would love to try it.

I felt like we were travelling in a never ending road, I felt like I fell asleep for a long time already and we’re sill travelling. I was begging and ranting how hangry (hungry and angry) I was when I woke up but we couldn’t find a place to eat.

It was around 8:00 o’clock when we found an Indian restaurant, I was hesistant to say yes at first because I haven’t tried eating in such restaurant, I do love curry and stuff but I wasn’t sure about the others but I ended up loving all the food.

So I’m planning to write another blog about this place but it’ll be more of a guide how to get there and things you can because this post is just simply how I viewed things that day. It was actually a great experience, and I was really happy to be with the people I consider my special friends, these people will always be in my heart, it’s just sad that Iza will be leaving for Germany in three weeks time now but I am glad that I have been a part of his memories here in Japan and she as well to mine.

I am attaching a video clip from youtube here so you have a colorful idea about the place, don’t fall in love because it is more magical in person.

Here are some information:

Name: Yume no Tsuribashi (Dream Suspension Bridge)
Address: Senzu, Kawanehon-machi,  Haibaragun Kawanehoncho, Shizuoka 428-0411 Japan

View in Google Maps

Access: Take the bus going to “Sumatakyo onsen” from Senzu station on Oigawa railway (40 min) Get off at “Sumata-kyo onsen” stop and walk to the valley (30 min)
Time required (excluding the travel time) 120 minutes
Admission fee: Free
Official website: http://www.okuooi.gr.jp/

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TOHO Cinema Hamamatsu

Do you love watching in a movie theater or a cinema (or whatever you call it in your country)?

Yeah I do.

But I’ve been living in Japan for 15 months now and I have never been to any of their cinemas, not even once because aside from there were no great movies to watch, I find it quite expensive for one movie. My boyfriend and I usually watch movies at least once a month in the Ph because it’s way cheaper than Japan. However, last Saturday, Iza and the guys wanted to watch Black Panther and me being a cheapo asked my friends who watched it already to make sure that the movie is gonna be worth it. This isn’t going to be a review but I’ll rate the movie later *wink.

After convincing myself to try, I finally decided to give it a try it but before that I did some research. HAHA. The only cinema available near my place is TOHO CINEMA, it is located just infront of my workplace, usually TOHO cinemas are located within a shopping mall and in my city it’s located in ZAZA City, on the 3rd floor.

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So here are the prices just incase you want to experience watching movie in Japan.

For the regular price:


  • ¥ 1,800


  • ¥ 1,500

    (Bring your student ID card)


  • ¥ 1,000


  • ¥ 1,000


  • ¥ 1,000

They also offer discount service, just like what we did last Saturday, we bought the late show and it only cost us 1,300 JPY each, we saved 500 JPY.


  • ¥ 1,100


  • Cine MILEAGE Day (Tuesdays)

    ¥ 1,400

    (If you’re a member, you’ll only have to pay 1,400 JPY on Tuesdays)


  • ¥ 1,100

    (On the 1st of every month, the movie is only 1,100 yen.)


  • ¥ 1,100

    (You can treat your sister or mother and only pay 1,100 JPY each).


  • General · Undergraduate ¥ 1,100

    High school student or less ¥ 900(for AU smartpass, AU smartpass premium and videopass members only)


  • ¥ 1,300

    (Admission fee after 8 p.m. is 1,300 yen.)


  • ¥ 1,100


  • ¥ 1,000

    (One accompanying adult can also get a discount same as the PWD).


  • Senior Couple Discount (One person over 50 years old)

    Two people \ 2,200

    (If you’re a senior couple over 50 year old, you can get ticket for only 2,200 JPY for two).

You can visit their website here.

You can purchase tickets in advance online, they have English translation, or just get it at the ticket booth.

 

Ticket booth. You can choose your seat and there’s an English translation.

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You just have to attach this to your armchair so no worries of spilling your food.
If you’re a couple or you have a companion and you don’t mind sharing a popcorn, it’s better to get the combo one, and split the price. For a single popcorn with one drink, it’s 670 JPY while the combo one is 1,030 with two drinks and a large bucket of popcorn, you can choose two flavors, I love the caramel.
Things I noticed:
1. Japanese watch and enjoy movie silently, during the entire time we’re watching the movie, we didn’t hear laughters or even gasps during the peak or even during the funniest part of the movie. Iza and I were laughing silently and pinching each other because everyone was really quite. I am not used to this.
2. Just like in restaurants or coffee shop, you have to clean your place and carry your trash and throw them in their proper place.
3. You have to be courteous and refrain from talking even if you’re already going out the cinema.
4. I love how they serve our popcorn, everything is so convenient.
5. You can’t see people chatting and laughing out loud even outside the cinema. Everyone walks out silently.
We finished watching around 11:20 and I can say that the experience was great. I enjoyed the movie and the popcorn too! If I’m gonna rate Black Panther, I’ll give it 7 out of 10. It was interesting and it did touched some important topics, it has some fun parts too and I love the outfits, the cinematography and the acting.
Have you watched Black Panther?
How do you find it?
Bored Sensei.