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Shinkyo Bridge - When Monk Shoto came to Nikko in order to civilize the mountains he could not cross over the Daiya river. Jinjaou, the God of Snakes, appeared from the cloud when Shoto burned a holy fire to ask help. The Jinjaou threw two snakes and these transformed themselves into the bridge. Shinkyo Bridge was lacquered vermilion in 1636 but the bridge was washed away by a flood in 1902, and was rebuilt in 1904.
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Shinkyo Bridge -  When Monk Shoto came to Nikko in order to civilize the mountains he could not cross over the Daiya river. Jinjaou, the God of Snakes,  appeared from the cloud when Shoto burned a holy fire to ask help. The Jinjaou threw two snakes and these transformed themselves into the bridge. Shinkyo Bridge was lacquered vermilion in  1636 but the bridge was washed away by a flood in 1902, and was rebuilt in 1904.