Winter Trip to Nikko Part 5: World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” (1) Shinkyo Bridge and Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple

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I traveled to Nikko (日光) for three days and two nights in the middle of February for the first time in five years. Visiting Nikko in winter would be a good choice, since there are less tourists compared to other seasons (summer and autumn) and visitors are able to enjoy snow scenery. In this article, I will write about Shinkyo Bridge and Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple as part of Day 2.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Nikko Station
* Day 1: SL Taiju
* Day 1: Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji
* Day 1-2: Nikko Station (Light-up) and Nikko Station Hotel Classic
* Day 2: Shinkyo Bridge and Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple [This article]
* Day 2: Nikko Toshogu Shrine
* Day 2: Futarasan-Jinja Shrine, Taiyuin Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
* Day 2-3: Nikko Kanaya Hotel
* Day 3: Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art and Matsuyashiki

[Travel Date]

[Main Part]

Snap Photos around Nikko Station

After I checked out Nikko Station Hotel Classic, I walked around Nikko Kaido Road.Nikko fire station1

There was a fire station.Nikko fire station2

Ambulances and fire trucks were in line.Nikko fire station3

You can see range of mountains over there.日光街道

Although I took many photos yesterday, I will take a photo of Tobu Nikko station as this may be the last chance.Tobu Nikko station

I also took a photo of JR Nikko station.JR Nikko station

Then, I rode on “World Heritage sightseeing bus” to move to the world heritage area.Nikko World Heritage sightseeing bus

This is Nikko Kanaya Hotel where I will stay tonight. It was too early to check in, so I put some of my stuff.Nikko Kanaya Hotel

World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”

On the second day of the Nikko trip, I will walk around the World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” area.World Heritage Shrines and Temples of Nikko

The World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1999, consists of two shrines and one temple: the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine. It encompasses 103 buildings or structures and the natural setting around them. I will visit the following places: (1) Shinkyo Bridge (2) Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple (3) Nikko Toshogu Shrine (4) Futarasan-Jinja Shrine (5) Taiyuin, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji.

Shinkyo Bridge

To begin with, I will start to walk around the World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” area from “Shinkyo Bridge”.Nikko Shinkyo Bridge1

“Shinkyo Bridge”is a beautiful, wooden and vermilion-lacquered bridge that is hung on the entrance to the holy Nikko mountains. It belongs to the Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine.

Here is the best angle as far as I see around here.Nikko Shinkyo Bridge2

With Japanese pampas grass.""

From the opposite side.""

I will cross the bridge though it was a paid area.""

View from the bridge.Nikko Shinkyo Bridge3

Another cut.""

Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple

After I left “Shinkyo Bridge”, I headed for “Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple”.""

I climbed up the slope.""

I arrived at “Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple”. The statue was Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo), who firstly served as the head priest of Nikko and founded the temple.Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple Shodo Shonin

In the temple.Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple1

As the name suggests, this is “Black Gate”.Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple2

The most attractive building was “Sanbutsudo Hall”, which is the largest wooden building in eastern Japan, although it has been under a major repair.Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple3

It houses Buddhist statues of the holy three mountains in Nikko and visitors are able to see them in the hall, but unfortunately taking photos is not allowed.

I also visited the temple’s treasure house and Shoyoen garden.""

Photographing is prohibited in the temple’s treasure house, so here are snap photos of Shoyoen garden, a Japanese-style garden that features a path around a pond.Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple Shoyoen garden1


Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple Shoyoen garden2

Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple Shoyoen garden3


Before I moved to the next destination, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, I visited “Meiji-No-Yakata” for lunch.Nikko Meiji-No-Yakata1

“Meiji-no-Yakata” is a restaurant originally built as a Western style cottage for American trading merchant, F.W. Horn, who introduced the first electric gramophone (Chikuonki) to Japan.

I oreded Rice Omelet and croquettes.Nikko Meiji-No-Yakata Rice Omelet

Then, I will go to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most famous site among the World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” area.


That’s it for the article about Shinkyo Bridge and Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple as part of Day 2 of my Nikko trip.

“Shinkyo Bridge” is my favorite spot in Nikko and known as one of the finest three bridges (Kintaikyo Bridge in Yamaguchi prefecture, Saruhashi Bridge in Yamanashi pref.) in Japan. I have been to Kintaikyo Bridge before and if you are interested in it, please see the following article.

“Going to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni” (2015.12)

Kintaikyo Bridge

In addition, here are my past articles related to bridges.

“Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge on the Shimanami Kaido” (2015.07)

Shimanami Kaido Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

“New York Short trip Part 4: Walking across Brooklyn Bridge” (2016.06)

New York Brooklyn Bridge

In the next article, I will write about Nikko Toshogu Shrine as part of Day 2.


1 Nikko Fire Station
2 Tobu Nikko Station
3 JR Nikko Station
4 Nikko Kanaya Hotel
5 Shinkyo Bridge
6 Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple
7 Meiji-No-Yakata

[Related Link]
Nikko Kinugawa Travel Guide
World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” (Nikko City Government Office)
Shinkyo Bridge
Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple (Japanese)

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