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A beautifully designed bridge that serves as the grand entrance to the sacred Nikko.
The World Heritage site "Shrines and Temples of Nikko" in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, consists of the Futarasan Shrine, Toshogu Shrine, Rinno-ji Temple, and the surrounding archaeological sites. The Shinkyo Bridge, also known as "Yamasuge's Snake Bridge" or "Sacred Bridge", spans the entrance and is one of the cultural properties that constitute the World Heritage site. It is also designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
According to a mystical legend, Shodo Shonin, who founded Nikko Mountain at the end of the Nara period, was obstructed by the raging torrent of the Daiya River. He burned a Goma (ritual fire) and prayed for divine protection. In response, the deity Jinja Daio appeared and released two snakes that transformed into a bridge with Yamasuge (mountain sedges) growing from their backs.
The bridge was reconstructed in its current beautiful form in 1638 and was used only for religious ceremonies and Shogun's visits for a long time. However, it has been open to the general public since 1973.
The bridge spans the entrance to the World Heritage site "Shrines and Temples of Nikko".
It is a historical bridge with a mystical legend.
Although you can cross the bridge for a fee, you cannot cross to the other side completely and must return.
In the fall, the red bridge contrasts beautifully with the autumn leaves, and in winter it stands out against the snowy scenery, attracting many visitors.
You can also purchase a bridge-crossing ticket in advance on the Internet.
Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.
Do you have signs or pamphlets in foreign languages? (If you do, which languages are available?)
We provide pamphlets in Japanese and English. The signboards are in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), and Thai.
Is free Wi-Fi available in the area?
There is free Wi-Fi provided by Nikko City.
Are coin lockers available?
There are no coin lockers. However, there are some available in nearby souvenir shops.
Are there restrooms available?
There are public toilets provided by Nikko City nearby.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko City, Tochigi
- 0288-54-0535 (Nikko Futarasan Shrine)
- No holidays
April-November 8:00am - 4:30pm, November-March 9:00am - 3:30pm
※Subject to change
- Crossing Fee
- Adults 300 yen, high school students 200 yen, elementary and junior high school students 100 yen
- About 5 minutes to the Shinkyo bus stop by World Heritage Sightseeing Bus (Tobu bus) from JR Nikko Line’s Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Line’s Tobu Nikko Station, then a short walk from the stop
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)