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“A Bit Underwhelming”
Review of Shinkyo

Ranked #13 of 175 things to do in Nikko
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“A Bit Underwhelming”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

After seeing many photos of this bridge, which seemed to symbolise all that is beautiful in Japan, it was a bit underwhelming in real life. It is actually quite small and what you don't see in photos is the very busy road and traffic lights that are right next to it! I didn't bother paying the 300yen fee to stand on the bridge ... what's the point ... you can't see it when you're on it! It does look very picturesque though with its wooded setting back drop ... just try and ignore the traffic!

Visited November 2012
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“You get better pictures looking at it rather than looking from it!”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Like many reviewers previously, I would definitely agree that this is something you walk past, take a few lovely pictures and then move on. I didn't see the need to pay to walk across the bridge, when you can get better pictures by walking across the main bridge and looking across at it.
T be fair it does make a lovely picture but from afar not on it!

Visited September 2012
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“I love bridges”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

I wouldn't pay to stand on the bridge, but did enjoy viewing this cute bridge and snapping a few photo's. You can't miss it if you're walking into Nikko, but you can save some Yen by not paying to walk on it and then back the way you entered.

Visited May 2012
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“Take a quick look, some photos, then move on”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Ironically, while you have to pay admission for the privilege of treading on where only shoguns used to tread, there's a busy road that bypasses it on the way to the famous Nikko complex. It's a picturesque bridge spanning an energetic river, and the admission fee also allows you to view some historical information about the bridge, but unless you're extremely curious, move on to the main event.

Visited August 2011
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“Nice to look at. Don't pay "admission."”
Reviewed September 14, 2005

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).

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