Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko

Between the Japanese town of Nikko and its main shrines is the Shinkyo sacred bridge, a red lacquered span that arches gracefully across the Daiya River.


History of Shinkyo Bridge

Legend has it that the hermit who settled Nikko was carried across the river here by two serpents. In feudal times, the sacred bridge could be used only by the emperor.

What to See at Shinkyo Bridge

The Shinkyo has long been considered one of the most beautiful structures in Japan, its simple elegance contrasting with the wildness of the river gorge, the green hills, and the tumbling waters.

From here, a road leads into the park, threading through 16,000 towering cedar trees.

Quick Facts on Shinkyo Bridge

Site Information
Names:Sacred Bridge · Shinkyo Bridge
Categories:shrines; scenic settings; pedestrian bridges; riverside setting
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:36.753361° N, 139.608335° E
Address:Nikko, Japan
Lodging:View hotels near Shinkyo Bridge
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More Information

Vermilion lacquered sacred bridge; the beautiful Shinkyo is worth enough to decorate the entrance of sanctuary... © d'n'c
This is the Shinkyo Bridge in Nikko, part of the Futarasan Shrine. It was a gloomy day with a little bit of... © davidkosmos
© petitshoo
© tanuki-tanukette

Map of Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko

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