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Kikkō-kōen information

Iwakuni , Japan
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What remains of the old samurai quarter now forms pleasant Kikkō-kōen on the west bank of the river, across Kintai-kyō bridge. Within it are old residences, a pavillion, a couple of museums and spots for picnicking. Worth a look is the Mekata Family Residence , the former home of a middle-ranking samurai family from the mid-Edo period. Reptile enthusiasts and kids might want to pop next door to the small White Snake Viewing Facility , where several of the bizarre albino snakes unique to Iwakuni are on display.