MECHANICAL ENGINEERING HERITAGE NO.52
difference in height of 103 meters. This is the oldest passenger ropeway in service in Japan. Furthermore, it is one of the oldest ones in the world whose initial form at the time of construction has been preserved.
The 4-line cross-type mechanism with two towing ropes and two balance ropes (currently 3-line cross-type with one balance rope) where the passenger wagon is arranged between two stays was adopted. The early-stage structure is well preserved including the carrier (gondola) shape that fits the gradient, use of locked coil ropes with smoothed surface that became the mainstream after the World War II, and the station building and the poles that preserve the forms at the time of construction, etc. in good shape.
The ropeway is still used by many tourists as a means of transportation located at the starting point of the World Heritage ‘Sacred Places and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.’
- Hours open:
- 8:20–17:40 (Entry closes at 17:40.)
- Admission fee:
- 350 yen one-way/600 yen round-trip for adults 180 yen one-way/300 yen round-trip for children
- Days closed:
- No days closed (Reservation required for groups)
- 79 Yoshino-yama, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara 639-3115
- 2 mins. on foot from Kintetsu Yoshino Sta.