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Shinkyō, The Sacred Bridge, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan | by David McKelvey
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Shinkyō, The Sacred Bridge, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

The Sacred Bridge, Shinkyō, crossing the Daiya River belongs to the Futarasan Shrine.

 

This beautiful vermilion lacquered structure is known as one of the three most beautiful bridges in Japan and is a perfect gateway for Nikko.

 

The bridge was registered as a World Heritage in December 1999. Shinkyo measures 28 meters long, 7.4 meters wide, and stands 10.6 meters above the Daiya River. Source: en.wikipedia.org

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Nikkō (日光市 Nikkō-shi, literally "sunlight" or "sunshine") is a city located in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

 

Located approximately 140 km north of Tokyo and approximately 35 km west of Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi, it is a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists, housing the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Nikkō Tōshō-gū) and that of his grandson Iemitsu (Iemitsu-byō Taiyū-in), as well as the Futarasan Shrine, which dates to the year 767.

 

There are also many famous hot springs (onsen) in the area. Elevations range from 200 to 2,000 m. The mountains west of the main city are part of Nikkō National Park and contain some of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and scenic trails.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

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Taken on February 5, 2010