Shinkyo Bridge is a beautiful vermilion bridge located at Nikko Futarasan Shrine in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. It is known as a sacred bridge of Nikko. many tourists come to visit to see the bridge construction and the beautiful colors. You can besides cross the bridge to see this fabled bridge from up close.

World Heritage Shinkyo Bridge


Shinkyo Bridge ( God ‘s Bridge ) is a structure belonging to Nikko Futarasan Shrine, and is a beautiful bridge of wooden lacquered vermilion ( bolshevik ) over Daiyagawa. It was besides registered as a World Heritage Site in 1999. The bridge is 28 meters farseeing, 7.4 meters wide, and 10.6 meters above the water surface. As the legends go, in the former Nara period there was a pure monk hampered by the rapids of Daiyagawa river. As he sought divine protection from the gods, one of the defender deities appeared to make a bridge for him. The current scarlet bridge was constructed in 1636. The bridge was destroyed in a deluge in 1902, but was rebuilt in 1904.

The God’s Bridge of Nikko


Nikko Futarasan Shrine is known as a office spot ( a identify knock-down in granting wishes ), and Shinkyo Bridge is one of them. The bridge was created on the basis of mysterious caption, and has since been worshiped as sacred. The bridge can be crossed with buy of ticket. The fee for crossing the bridge is 300 hankering for adults, 200 yen for high school students, and 100 yen for elementary and junior high gear school students. The end of the bridge is a dead end, so you will be going back from the direction you came. In addition, “ wishing composition planes ” are besides sold at the slate purchase antagonistic. It is said that if you write a wish on the newspaper airplane and throw it from Shinkyo Bridge into Daiyagawa, your wish will come dependable.

Seasonal Scenery of Shinkyo Bridge

The bracing greenery and the vermilion color of the bridge creates a beautiful contrast during summer at Shinkyo Bridge. The batch downpour of Daiyagawa besides has a review feel, and is a healing space. You can enjoy the precipitate with the harmony between the bright vermilion discolor of Shinkyo Bridge and fall leaves.In winter, bamboozle piles on the bridge, and the bridge stands out in the white scenery. You can enjoy the collaboration of the natural scenery of the seasons and the vermilion Shinkyo Bridge throughout the year.

Accessibility to Shinkyo Bridge


To get from within Tokyo to Shinyo Bridge, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and transfer to JR Nikko Line at Utsunomiya Station and head towards Nikko Station. It is about 20 minutes on foundation from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station. You can besides take a bus from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station. Take a Tobu busbar leap for Lake Chuzenji and get off at “ Shinkyo Bridge ” diaphragm.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Nikko Futarasan Shrine Shinkyo Bridge
  • Street address: Kamihatsuishimachi Nikko, Tochigi
  • Access: About a 20-minute walk from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Ticket: Shrine office
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

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