Attractions

Top Choice Bridge in Iwakuni

Kintai-kyō

Iwakuni's chief claim to fame is this graceful bridge, built in 1673 during the rule of feudal lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi. It has been restored several times since then, but its high arches remain an impressive sight ov…
Park in Iwakuni

Kikkō-kōen

What remains of the old samurai quarter in Iwakuni now forms pleasant Kikkō-kōen, accessed via Kintai-kyō bridge. Within the park are old residences, a pavilion, a couple of museums, ice-cream vendors, and spots for…
House in Iwakuni

Honke Matsugane

Both a tourist information office and a cultural experience, inside a traditional Japanese house dating from 1850 near the bridge entrance. The elegant building belonged to a family that produced hair oil used by sa…
Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni-jō

The original Iwakuni-jō was built by Hiroie, the first of the Kikkawa lords, between 1603 and 1608. Just seven years later, the Tokugawa shogunate passed a law limiting the number of castles daimyō were allowed to b…
Wildlife Reserve in Iwakuni

White Snake Viewing Facility

Reptile enthusiasts, or those with kids in tow, might want to pop into this small viewing facility, where several of the bizarre albino snakes unique to the area are on display. Some people even come to pray to thes…
Historic Building in Iwakuni

Mekata Family Residence

Located in Kikkō-kōen is this former home of a middle-ranking samurai family from the mid-Edo period. You cannot enter the buildings, but you can walk around them and through the yard, from where there are views thr…