The Shinkyo Bridge or the sacred bridge is ranked as one of Japan's three finest bridges together with Iwakuni's Kintaikyo and Saruhashi in Yamanashi Prefecture.
This bridge is the entrance to Futarasan Shrine. It was rebuilt in today's shape with its red lacquered paint in 1636 by the third Tokugawa shogun. In 1973, Shinkyo was off limit to the general public. It underwent renovation works in the late 1990s and early 2000s and now open to the public.
The Shinkyo Bridge has been considered one of the most beautiful structure in Japan because of its simple and elegance contrasting with the wildness of the river gorge, the green hills and the tumbling waters.
Visitors can walk across the bridge to feel the warmth and the ambiance of the place.
It's a 23-28-minute walk to the west of Tobu-Nikko Station (Nikko Line)
The bridge opens at 8:00 to 17:00 from April to December; 8:00 to 16:00 from October to mid November and 9:00 to 16:00 from mid November to March.
It has no closing days.
Admission fee is 300 Yen only.
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