There is not an exact age to get of the building of the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Most probably it has been constructed in the years of the Edo Shogunate (early 17th century). The bridge is covered and as well known as the Pagoda Bridge (Chua Cau). The bridge has been built by Japanese craftsmen who were at this time living and trading in Hoi An.
The Japanese settled in this town after treaty with the ancient imperial house of Nguyen. At this time a lot of streets, pagodas, and different other infrastructures where built by Japanese traders. The bridge is one of a handful of architectural buildings still in existence from that era.
The bridge is as well a temple, with shrines to different deities who supposedly should protect the citizens from earthquakes, dragons and other harm.