Shinkyo Bridge
Shinkyo Bridge
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 stars
    It is a pretty bridge and a breathtaking view. There are nice hikes around the area to do as you make your way up to the true attraction of Nikko: Nikko Toshogu. I would recommend stopping for a photograph, but not worth much more time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 30, 2023
  • alohatripper
    Honolulu, Hawaii1,546 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque but perilous to see
    Our local guide, Ikuko (Karen), showed us a famous, historical bridge. It can be easily seen from busy highway intersection. Because of the endless cars passing, walking from the parking place to the bridge was perilous with no defined road shoulder. Passing cars were literally 1 foot away. To actually see the bridge closer, one had to pay an entry fee. Seeing it from afar was sufficient to get the idea.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 8, 2023
  • RonanD_BR
    Brasilia, DF304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy access
    The bridge is located in the end of the main avenue of Nikko. You can get there walking. I recommend visiting it after visiting the temples' complex. The exit of the complex leaves you in front of the bridge. It's best to photograph in the end of the afternoon when the sun light is better for photography.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 11, 2023
  • 32Morten
    Finland458 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful bridge
    Visited Shinkyo Bridge recently, a notable spot worth checking out. The bridge itself is an appealing structure, offering a scenic path. The route from Nikko Shrine to the bridge provides a pleasant walk, showcasing the natural beauty surrounding the area. On the downside, the vicinity of the bridge experiences considerable traffic. While the bridge remains unaffected by vehicles, the noise and activity along its sides somewhat disturb the tranquility one might expect from such a picturesque location.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2024
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Bridges
    You might not come to Nikko for the bridge, but on your way to the famous and gilded Toshogu Shrine, you'll pass Shinkyo Bridge, considered one of Japan's three most beautiful and romantic bridges. You might feel like doing as the young girls do, who flock to the city, rent fine kimonos, and stroll out onto the bridge to take selfies. PS. If you don't feel a strong need to stand on the bridge, skip the entrance fee and take your photos from a distance. That's what most people do.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Susan T
    Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Bridge near a very busy intersection
    I assumed that you would need to hike to see this bridge but it was near a very busy intersection with lots of tourists taking pictures. For a fee, you can walk on the bridge but we opted out. Later in the afternoon, our pictures of the bridge turned out nicer; less crowded and no one on the bridge.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 4, 2024
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bridge in a Picturesque Setting
    Shinkyo Bridge is a spectacular bridge in a beautiful setting. Most visitors will see this bridge if visiting the shrines, especially if walking from the train station. You get great views of Shinkyo Bridge from the main bridge. You can even pay an entrance fee and get closer and walk on the bridge, but I don't feel it's worth it as the best views are from the vehicle bridge.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2024
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Shinkyo Bridge is a spectacular bridge in a beautiful setting. Most visitors will see this bridge if visiting the shrines, especially if walking from the train station. You get great views of Shinkyo Bridge from the main bridge. You can even pay an entrance fee and get closer and walk on the bridge, but I don't feel it's worth it as the best views are from the vehicle bridge.
Written May 17, 2024
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RonanD_BR
Brasilia, DF304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The bridge is located in the end of the main avenue of Nikko. You can get there walking. I recommend visiting it after visiting the temples' complex. The exit of the complex leaves you in front of the bridge. It's best to photograph in the end of the afternoon when the sun light is better for photography.
Written December 11, 2023
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cLcc
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A very traditional and beautiful foot bridge. Best is to view it from the road bridge next to it instead of paying the fees to walk on the bridge. Take some time walk around the bridge, you will be rewarded with nice postcard view including the view over the river. Beware of the live traffic as the walk path is narrow at certain part.
Written January 19, 2020
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32Morten
Finland458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited Shinkyo Bridge recently, a notable spot worth checking out. The bridge itself is an appealing structure, offering a scenic path. The route from Nikko Shrine to the bridge provides a pleasant walk, showcasing the natural beauty surrounding the area.

On the downside, the vicinity of the bridge experiences considerable traffic. While the bridge remains unaffected by vehicles, the noise and activity along its sides somewhat disturb the tranquility one might expect from such a picturesque location.
Written March 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Susan T
Mount Pleasant, WI599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I assumed that you would need to hike to see this bridge but it was near a very busy intersection with lots of tourists taking pictures. For a fee, you can walk on the bridge but we opted out. Later in the afternoon, our pictures of the bridge turned out nicer; less crowded and no one on the bridge.
Written May 4, 2024
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Our local guide, Ikuko (Karen), showed us a famous, historical bridge. It can be easily seen from busy highway intersection. Because of the endless cars passing, walking from the parking place to the bridge was perilous with no defined road shoulder. Passing cars were literally 1 foot away. To actually see the bridge closer, one had to pay an entry fee. Seeing it from afar was sufficient to get the idea.
Written November 8, 2023
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It is a pretty bridge and a breathtaking view. There are nice hikes around the area to do as you make your way up to the true attraction of Nikko: Nikko Toshogu. I would recommend stopping for a photograph, but not worth much more time.
Written June 30, 2023
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Leroi L
Lethbridge, Canada226 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great bridge. It is right between the Kanaya Hotel and the entrance to the Nikko temples. It was recently redone, with generally beautiful results (the structure is solid and well-painted. But where you used to walk on the wooden surface, you are now on an elevated, carpeted riser so your feet don't touch the special wood. Sheesh!)

The wife paid an admission to walk over it. Unless you are severe Shinto, I don't see the point. Just take a photo from the road and save the Yen for admission to the shrines on the other side).
Written September 15, 2005
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jk-liu
Taichung, Taiwan1,880 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
That’s a glorious red color bridge stretch across on the river. This site is around the Nikko city and Tosho-gu temple. Usually, many tourists will arrange to visit here. We walked here for around fifteen minutes from Tosho-gu temple. Another way you can walk here from Nikko city.
Written November 13, 2019
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada26,582 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Over a lovely stream (though with a lot of rocks) at the start of the Heritage Area, this charming and slightly-curved red bridge complete with a little red torii gate on one end is an eye-catching sight which is free to just take a look, but like Y300 to go through the torii gate & over the bridge; and no you don't need to go over the bridge to get to the other side of the stream because there's a "regular bridge" for that just nearby, and actually this "ornamental bridge" is closed off on the other end, so you can walk all the way to the other end but you'll have to walk back and leave from the torii gate. And yes, the Nikko heritage area begins here with the stairs across the street leading to the top of the high ground with the shrines above namely Toshogu, Taiyuinbyo & Futarasen with also Rinnoji Temple (but no need to go up those stairs to get above the high ground if you come with a vehicle like a cab since there's a road leading up).

If you're taking the train from Tokyo, it's a two-train ride with the first one from Tokyo (Tokyo Station) to Utsunomiya on a shinkansen (bullet train) taking about an hour followed by the second ride from Utsunomiya to Nikko on a local train also taking about an hour, so it's a total of about two hours from Tokyo (both trains covered by the JR Pass). After arriving by train, it's about a half-hour walk from Nikko Station to this bridge, and it's another 15 to 20 minutes to get to Toshogu going up the stairs across the street from here (as mentioned above) but it's not a rigorous path with the ground levelling in a little under 10 minutes. There's also a bus (called Tobu Line, and it's covered by the JR Pass) which leaves from Nikko Station but I'm not sure if it will take you all the way up the high ground to near Toshogu or just to the end of the long street (like to near this bridge) so you'll have to take the stairs across the street from this bridge.

Also, it might be useful to know that there are not many "cheap places" to eat at this heritage area (don't expect like at temples in Thailand where there are plenty of food hawkers in the vicinity); I went into an upper-story restaurant on the other side of the street from this bridge (across the long street that I started from Nikko Station) and found the menu "pretty pricy" so had to walk back (in the direction back to the station) like 15 minutes to get breakfast at a reasonable price from a Sunkus convenience store.
Written September 25, 2016
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