This is the view from along Tanize-no-Tsuribashi, which at a shade under 300m, is the longest wire suspension bridge in Japan.
It is situated in the town of Totsukawa in the far south west of Nara Prefecture. Deep within the stunning forested hills of the Kii Peninsula.
It spans the valley some 54m above a narrow strerch of the shallow, but fast flowing Totsukawa river.
Now I am not normally bothered by heights but I admit I did suffer a little vertigo when I crossed. As you get closer to the middle, the combined movements of everyone on the bridge make it sway very strongly which makes it hard to balance.
I was also a little nervous of the narrow wooden walkway that ran the length of the bridge. It felt just a bit too soft for me to trust it to hold my weight, though it was perfectly safe. The real fun came when you had to walk on the wire mesh to pass a slower moving group.
They hold a Taiko drum festival in early August where all the dummers line up on the bridge to play and the sound echoes through the surrounding valleys.
It is quite an isolated area with no trains and a limited bus service so the best method to reach it is by car. Even the drive down from Kawachinagano was very enjoyable with beautiful scenery almost the whole way.