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Iwakuni Castle is a mountain castle built in 1608 by the feudal load, Kitsukawa Hiroie. Protected by Nishikigawa (river) running nearby, it is situated on top of the mountain measuring approx. 200 meter high. Yet, it was demolished only seven years after it was constructed, since the Edo shogunate ordered that only one castle can stand in one territory in 1615. This castle is a reconstruction of the original one built in 1962. The swords and paintings are displayed inside the castle. There is an observatory with a great view of the city from the 4th floor. You shouldn't miss this spot, when you visit Iwakuni.
- Yokoyama, Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi
- Contact No.
- 20-min bus ride by Iwakuni bus from iwakuni Station on JR Line bound for Kintaikyo or Shin-Iwakuni Station. Get off at Kintaikyo Station and walk for 10 min to Sanroku Station. 3-min ride on ropeway. Get off at Sancho Station and walk for 5 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round (Closed when the ropeway is not in operation)
- Time Required
- 90 min
- Admission fee
- Entrance fee 260 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Inside the castle
Inside the castle, there are arms and armor including swords and guns. On top of that, photographs, a miniature model of the bridge and several local specialties are exhibited as well. The castle tower called Tenshukaku has an open, spacious observatory.
Great view from Tenshukaku
From the castle tower, Tenshukaku, you can see Kikko Park, the castle town, Kintai bridge and the whole city of Iwakuni including Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, the airport and Miyajima island. It is a perfect place to see the islands of Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku. Why don't you see the panoramic view of this beautiful landscape?
Enjoy riding "Iwakuni Ropeway"
If you want to reach the top of the castle mountain, you can take the ropeway. It only costs 550 yen for a return trip and takes about 3 min to reach the top. Take great pictures of the city of Iwakuni rich in nature from the ropeway.
Situated at about 40 min on foot from Iwakuni Castle, there is a beautiful wooden arched bridge on Nishikigawa. It is one of the most magnificent bridgesin Japan. This is the unique bridge that is made of five arches. Measuring 193.3 m long and 5 m wide, it is in fact a sister bridge of Kinki bridge on the West lake in Hangzhou in China since 2004.
You can see white snakes that bring luck!
In addition to Kintai Bridge, white snakes are also famous in Iwakuni. In fact, white snakes are considered to bring good luck and said to be "sent by gods" in many places in Japan. You can observe these white snakes at the bottom of Iwakuni Castle. In addition to their white body, they has mesmerizing red eyes. These beautiful snakes are harmless and not poisonous.
This is a famous specialty of Iwakuni, which is basically vegetables and fish between 3 layers or 5 layers of rice and served by cutting in pieces like a cake. It is a festive pressed sushi and it's highly recommended that you try it on your visit to Iwakuni.