(1) Term (Available to see the infrastructure)
  For one year from April 20th, 2005
(Extended to November 30th, 2007)
(2) Schedule from completion to the inspection
2005 March 10th - 20th Removal of cover, later adjustment
  March 21th - 23th Photography for completion
  March 24th - 25th Preparation for the ceremony
  March 26th Ceremony of crossing bridge
    (Temporary facility will be installed)
  April 16th Beginning of Yayoi festival
  April 20th Open to the general public
(3) Inspection hours (Depend on weather)
April - September 8:00 - 17:00
October - mid-November 8:00 - 16:00
Mid-November - March 9:00 - 16:00
(4) Summary
  Vermilion lacquered sacred bridge; the beautiful Shinkyo is worth enough to decorate the entrance of sanctuary Nikko. The Shinkyo used to be called Yamasugeno-jabashi, which means snake bridge with sedge, or Mihashi, which just means respectable bridge. This bridge belongs to Futarasan Shrine and is designated as an important cultural property. In addition, Shinkyo was inscribed as the World Heritage in December 1999.
This reforming started in 1997 and lasted for 8years. It cost 800,000,000yen, and will be completed in March 2005.
Shinkyo is the oldest bridge in Japan in terms of drawbridge style built over the gorge. Also, Shinkyo is known as one of the finest three bridges (Kintaikyo Bridge in Yamaguchi prefecture, Saruhashi Bridge in Yamanashi pref.) in Japan. You will see a unique infrastructure that point of large wooden material is embedded into the earth or stone base on the shore. That material is used as bridge girder. You will understand cultural value and recognize importance of Shinkyo. Also, we hope that spirit of preservation for cultural asset will be spread out. It will be the first opening after Shinkyo was inscribed as the World Heritage. You will be able to walk down to the under the bridge and inspect its infrastructure.
(5) Charge
Individual/group Adult High school Elementary&junior high
Individual 500yen 300yen 200yen
Group 450yen 200yen 100yen