Iwakuni – 岩国

Date: Updated:2014/11/12 English

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We are going to introduce Iwakuni, in Yamaguchi prefecture.

Due to its close position to Hiroshima prefecture we advice you to visit Itsukushima shrine too!


What’s special about Iwakuni?


In the past it was a castle city and its stronghold was among the best ones of those times.

The symbol of Iwakuni is the Kintaikyō bridge, one of the most famous three ancient bridges of Japan: its 5 arches form a 193 meters-long structure.

The cherry trees weaving with the Kintaikyō bridge create a beautiful view during the Spring time.


Getting to Iwakuni

Tōkyō and Iwakuni are a bit far from each other, so traveling by Shinkansen would be the best way.


First solution (about 5 hours)

From Tōkyō, reach Hiroshima station with “Nozomi” high-speed train, which runs on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen line.

Here you switch on “Kodama” high-speed train and you get off at Shin-Iwakuni station.

From there, with the bus bound to Iwakuni station you reach the Kintaikyō bridge in about 12 minutes.


※ In case you’re traveling on conventional lines、from Sanyō main line and Gantoku line point to Iwakuni station, and you

can get to the bridge with the city bus heading to Kintaikyō Bus Center.


Second solution

From Sanyō highway‘s Iwakuni IC road, reaching the Kintaikyō bridge is very easy.


My impression of Iwakuni


I went to Iwakuni during the cherry blossom season.

The combination of the bloomed flowers and the the Kintaikyō bridge was just amazing.

I could stroll along the river till beneath one of the bridge’s arch.

Then, while walking on the bridge I felt like going back to the ancient times.

The cherry blossom’s festival was taking place right on that day:

thus the site was very crowded but it was possible to have a picnic on the wide river bank anyway.

Among the stands, some were selling ice-creams. Actually the flavor’s choice is said to be the biggest in the whole Japan: cherry flower, mandarin orange and I was very surprised when I saw ramen and pizza flavors too! There seemed to be 201 different choices possible!

Near the bridge there are other places to see. In the exposition pavilion, which was very interesting, some white snakes were exposed.

By taking the rope-way close to the Kintaikyō bridge I reached Iwakuni castle, which overlooks the city: the fortress is now a

historical museum. From up there I could behold the bridge and also some inland sea’s islands.

There’s a lot to see in Iwakuni, such as the Itsukushima shrine and the famous Miyajima island. So why not visiting this enchanted place?

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