# A peculiar sight in Kyoto
The bridge reminds us of Roman structures, but was designed by a Japanese, Sakuro Tanabe in the 1890s. Tanabe was only 22 years old at the time. This aqueduct brings water from Lake Biwa to the temple. There must have been a lot of pressure to build this structure in what was the most noble temple in Japan, it is said that Tanabewas also was prepared to take responsibility if the bridge had failed.
# Have a walk on top
Tanabe had his own policy that stated, “Every architectural structure should be perfect from any perspective.” It is indeed beautiful from any direction and perfectly matches the scenery of Nanzen-ji. You can get to the top of the canal using the stone staircases and have a nice walk along the water.
The top of Suirokaku
Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8435