Five and a half years ago — 1,609 blog posts ago — I posted “Kyoto’s Road to Nowhere”, about a bridge that led straight into the rocky face of a mountain:
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
Bridge to Nowhere
5½ years ago
On a mountain fall-foliage-photography drive yesterday with Paul Barr and Damien Douxchamps, we came across the same bridge, now with the addition of a tunnel (the Oofuse Tunnel; 大布施トンネル))...
Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 140mm — 1/400 sec, f/9, ISO 720 — map & image data — nearby photos
Now goes somewhere
( sorry for the over-the-top processing; I was just playing around in Lightroom )
It's still a monumental waste of money, considering the expense that two bridges and one tunnel must have cost, and the total lack of apparent benefit in bypassing a few hundred meters of pleasant road.
One can hope that it's merely the first step to some purposeful multi-decade plan to turn the almost-unused lazy mountain road into some kind of life-giving transportation artery for some far-flung population of taxpayers languishing in dire need, but it's much more likely that the local ward had to expend the money one year or risk having next year's budget cut by the amount unspent. As wholly unfathomable is it sounds, that's apparently how it works in Japan. (And by a quirk of Kyoto geopolitics, the “local ward” of this far-flung place an hour's drive away is actually the same ward that I live in, so it's my tax yen paying for it. Ugh.)
I've still not driven on the bridges or through the tunnel; we opted to spend the extra 30 seconds to take the more pleasant long way around.
Sorry, no wigglegrams this time.