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Home of the spectacular Kintai-kyo bridge


Iwakuni is a small former castle town located in the eastern part of Yamaguchi prefecture and next to the Seto inland sea, best known for its impressive Kintai-Kyo bridge.

Kintai-kyo Bridge


The Kintai-kyo Bridge was originally constructed in 1673 by order of the 3rd lord of Iwakuni and has been since Iwakuni's most famous landmark. Previous bridges in the area had been washed away numerous times by floods in the Nishiki river, so new piers for the the Kintai-Kyo were made out of stone in order to provide better resistance. Thanks to continued maintenance the bridge stood until 1950, when it was carried away by a typhoon. The present construction which can be visited dates from 1953.

The structure of the bridge consists of five sequential wooden arches set on four massive stone pillars, spanning a total length of 175 meters with a width of 5 meters. Kintaikyo was designated as National Treasure in 1922 and a small fee is required to walk across. It is a very popular destination during the cherry blossom season in spring and the maple trees color change in autumn.

Iwakuni Castle

260¥ 9:00 - 16:45

Iwakuni Castle was built by Kikkawa Hiroie during the late Edo Period, from 1601 to 1608, and dismantled only 7 years later due to the new Meiji government's "one castle per province" rule. The present reconstruction of the main keep dates from 1962 and it's located near the old emplacement on top of Mount Shiroyama, from where visitors can enjoy impressive views of the Kintai-kyo Bridge and the Nishiki River.

Kikko Park


Kikko Park is a pleasant and spacious park, featuring walking paths, flower gardens and fountains, located at the other end of Kintai-kyo bridge and at the foot of Mount Shiroyama. At its entrance one can find a statue of Hiroyoshi Kikkawa, the feudal lord who initiated the construction of the bridge.

White Snake Museum


These rare albino white snakes are unique to Iwakuni City and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In this small museum house, visitors can see a few snakes in captivity and learn about them. They are designated as natural monuments of Japan.


JR Hiroshima Station

Sanyo Shinkansen
15 min. 760¥ Railpass

Shin Iwakuni Station

Iwakuni City Bus
15 min. 280¥



Kintai-kyo bus stop is located next to the bridge and Kikko Park at the other side of the river. To access Iwakuni castle a ropeway is available from Kikko Park to the top of Mount Shiroyama, with a cost of 540Yen for a round trip.

A combination ticket including the fees for Kintai-kyo bridge, the ropeway and Iwakuni castle can be purchased for 930Yen at the entrance of the bridge.