Photo of the Day: Shinkyo Bridge

Considered one of the three most unique bridges in all Japan, the Shinkyo (Sacred) Bridge in Nikko is a registered World Heritage site. According to legend, in ancient times the benevolent god Jinsha first made a bridge here with two giant snakes (one red, one green) to ferry pilgrimaging monks across the gorge.


The Shinkyo had not been vermilion lacquered until 1636. The bridge was washed away by the flood in 1902, but it was rebuilt in 1904.


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