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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. Plan to visit Shinkyo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nikko attractions using our Nikko travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Just as God's bridge, was very beautiful. Bottom was in the color of the water, bridge and great each other. Cross over enough in taking pictures but not like it was.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This bridge is 3station far from bus. Attractive bridge over the river. We have take ticket to entry that bridge.it cost 300yen per person.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It took a while but wanted to picture without people on the bridge then he is the most beautiful. There would not have to pay for it. The bridge seems to lie in beautiful nature area but the buses and cars driving next to it. You can also but from 1 side the bridge on. I would definitely stop by walk when you're in Nikko
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  • June 15, 2017
    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...
  • June 14, 2017
    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!
  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • April 21, 2017
    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!
  • January 14, 2017
    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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