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. Use our Iwakuni day trip website to visit Iwakuni Castle on your trip to Iwakuni, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Kintai bridge, we went sightseeing together. Go to the Summit by ropeway, walk about 15 minutes the trail further. Get off the cable car and the road divided into two groups. A gradual slope and steep. I went round steep mountains. It is also said the mountain road. We recommend you take a look at the atmosphere of that steep. Inside the castle is a museum. If you purchase the ticket during the kintai bridge, Iwakuni Castle ropeway and tourists can, 940 yen to save money.
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  • Castle is not so big, but the view from the top floor. Kintai bridge looking from the top.
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  • Lived in Iwakuni for a year. Lots of beautiful things to see, this being one of them. Would recommend taking at least 2-3 hrs to visit. Spring time would be the best time.  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.

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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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