Shin-kyo Bridge

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The sacred bridge Shin-kyo spans the Daiya River, marking the entrance to this sacred area, where nature and, with it, the divine revealed themselves to humankind. In 767, Shodo Shonin and his disciples wanted to explore Mt Nantai but were stopped by the tumultuous river. In answer to their prayers, the divinity Jinja Daio appeared with two snakes, one red, one blue, which got tangled over the river until they formed a bridge. Rebuilt in 1907, its 27m length is consolidated by pillars topped with golden globes and red lacquered balusters.

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Address:

Nikko

Price:

300 ¥

Opening hours

8am-5pm (Nov-Mar 4pm)

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When the country opened up to foreigners in the late 19C, the cool summer weather and high altitude of Lake Chuzenji (1 200m) quickly won the hearts of Western tourists, diplomats and writers. The resort offered an escape from the stifling heat of Tokyo, without visitors having to travel too far.
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In 1999, the whole world paid tribute to the baroque splendour of the shrines and temples of Nikko that gleam among the giant cedars, when the complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These architectural masterpieces are tightly bound up with the history of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled from the 17C to the 19C.
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