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Iwakuni Castle, Iwakuni

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Connected to the world via ropeway, Iwakuni Castle has a natural defense advantage. Feudal Lord Kikkawa Hiroie built it in 1608, but the castle was torn down shortly after because of the strict law of "one castle per province." After its destruction, a part of the citadel served as the residential office for Kikkawa. The reconstructed building stands four stories high on a hilltop. Visit the observation room at the top, where you can admire the panoramic view of the city and the Kintai Bridge. Buy a ticket at the entrance of the bridge, which gives you access to the bridge, the ropeway in both directions, and the castle grounds. To visit Iwakuni Castle on your holiday in Iwakuni, and find out what else Iwakuni has to offer, use our Iwakuni vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Iwakuni

The town of Iwakuni has a decent collection of accommodations. Look close to the train station for the main bulk, where high-rise hotels offer a convenient location for businesspeople arriving in town. Few international tourists choose to stay in Iwakuni overnight, so you won't find much variety here. Instead, visitors tend to make a day trip to Iwakuni for the samurai bridge, castle, and cherry blossoms, then return to Hiroshima, some 45 minutes away by train.
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  • The original castle was built from 1601 to 1608 by Kikkawa Hiroie Daimyō of Iwakuni. But despite being built over those years, the castle was torn down by decree of the shogun a mere seven years after...  more »
  • I would recommend one to take a short hike up to the castle. While its exterior is indeed unique, I would say that there is no need to pay additional fees to enter the castle...unless you are overly i...  more »
  • If you're into samurai swords, you'll dig it. Personally, I just wanted to see the view from the top, but my husband enjoyed all of the blades on display!  more »
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  • It's a fun hike, or a short ride up to this castle. Went during the winter while it was snowing, and that added a great deal to the scenery, which was already spectacular.
  • A beautiful mountain castle has been standing there for a long time since 1615. I took the cable car to the top of hill, and after it arrived at the peak station, just 15 mins hiking from the station to the 5 level castle. The landscape from the top of the castle was absolutely glamorous!
  • This is a reconstruction of Iwakuni Castle that can, in my opinion, be best described as a facade. The outside looks like a castle and is a beautiful site to take in. The inside, on the other hand, are unwelcoming concrete walls filled with cases that house a collection of seemingly random items. Although it was interesting to stroll through, I think it's safe to say that you could easily skip the inside of the castle (and save the cost of admission) and enjoy it from the outside. There is a spectacular view from the outside of the castle which allows you to see the entire area which is not to be missed!
  • How could you not love going here!! Good hike up!!
  • One of the few original castles of Japan. This one has a nice collection of swords.