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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  • Yes, the Iwakuni Castle is yet another Japanese Castle but if you like the architecture and wouldn't mind a great view then this is definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • I learned that UNO Chiyo's cloth and grave. From the foot of the mountain where said Kawanishi, a castle seems to be about 2 km long.
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  • Cross the kintai bridge Iwakuni Castle Iwakuni-Shi, Yamaguchi is the mountain climbs in the aerial tramway. View from the tower is great, so have a look at please.
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  • The castle is pretty average for a Japanese castle. Inside you get to see cool weapons (including katanas) as well as old samurai armor. Downside for tourists is that everything is in Japanese, so you can't really understand what anything is. The view from the top is 100% worth the trek. You can see damn near all of Iwakuni and off into the distance. The greenery in the surrounding hills is absolutely gorgeous. We loved it! And the walk to the castle is equally as pretty. :)
  • I bought the combo ticket (return bridge entries, return cable car rides, iwakuni castle entry). The cable car ride is very quick, about less than 5 min. It's beautiful view on the way up/ down. You can also walk up instead of taking the cable car. The castle building is quite small and most of the displays are various Japanese swords. At the top floor you'll be treated with a sprawling view of the city.
  • This is close to the Kintaikyo so a great add on for an excursion. The walk up to the castle is definitely a climb for little hikers! Would not recommend a stroller, use a back pack instead for little legs. It can be steep and sometimes a little slippery. In the summer bring water and a towel to dry your forehead! About half way up there is a pipe trickling potable water if you need refills. The rope way is a great option if you don't feel like the hike. At the top there are vending machines if you need a drink, and it is a short distance to the castle. The clock tower there plays a tube and moves if you have time to wait for it. The castle is beautiful and there is a great observation deck. It is also filed with lots of great history...if you read Japanese. That is the only negative... No English translations for the artifacts.
  • Obviously an awesome and historic place. The surrounding area is more then beautiful and the parks which lead to the mountain are great also. About 400 yen to take the trolley up and down the mountain and another 500 yen or so to take the bridge. A must if visiting iwakuni.
  • A must visit place if you come to Hiroshima. The views from this place are very beautiful. However the access to this place from train is very limited. Minimum one day is necessary for Iwakuni visit
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