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Shinkyo, Nikko

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Standing at the entrance into a World Heritage-listed complex of temples, Shinkyo is an ornate vermilion-lacquered bridge allowing visitors to cross the Daiya River. The current structure dates back to 1636, although a bridge probably crossed this river in the same spot much before that date. Pay a small fee to cross the bridge, appreciate its architecture, and snap a few memorable shots. Take a look at our Nikko online trip planner to schedule your visit to Shinkyo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • a photogenic place inescapable and inevitable, it is the symbol of Nikko and still so beautiful throughout the day in any light with the torrent in the background
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  • According to the thousand-year-old Bridge of God, the Red Bridge is very striking and positioned at the intersection of the outside of the palace. Even when the day is bad, there are still plenty of visitors to take photos.
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  • From Nikko station to Toshogu Shrine and go in front of Toshogu Shrine there. Passing on the bridge can be reached on foot, but it is not. Takes a toll.
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  • Beautiful ancient bridge. You can view from various angles and it is a lovely sight. There is a fee to cross the bridge that seemed quite steep so we didn't do that. The bridge is opposite the steps up to the main Nikko temples so a good place to start. Incidentally, the temples are all close to Nikko, perhaps a 1 mile walk. I slightly regretted buying the expensive bus pass which we hardly used...
  • They say you get a little bit of luck by walking over this vermilion bridge! Well worth it, only costs 300yen, they even sell a map guide which offers discounts to other areas in Nikko including for use on this bridge as well!
  • The bridge is just one way in and out from where you enter it. Have to visit here if go to Nikko fot the first time.
  • Great bridge and awesome pics I took. Arrived there in the morning, no one was there to spoil my photos:) Nice forerunner for the entire shrine!
  • The bright red bridge is a worthwhile stopover for those visiting Nikko. As an iconic structure, this sacred bridge looks stunning against the background of the river, the trees and the hills. If you want to take a walk across the bridge, there's an entrance fee you have to pay. But if you are not that serious, you can just enjoy the view of the bridge from the provided space.

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Rich in history, culture, and nature, you'll be pleased to find that Nikko also boasts a rich variety of accommodations. Competition may be pretty fierce at peak times, but make your reservation early and you'll be able to find somewhere to sleep that suits your style. Luxury hotels and boutiques with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) never stray too far from the river, while hostels and guesthouses tend to be tucked away on side streets, and up in the north of town. Mid-range and standard hotels lie close to the main train stations and by the main plazas.
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