Iwakuni Castle, Iwakuni

3.7
Castle · Historic Site
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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  • Although a reconstructed castle, it was interesting to visit. Lovely peaceful hill setting, great views of the city and Inland Sea and some good displays of weaponry including swords and old guns...  more »
  • We like these castles from the outside mostly. The walk up the mountain to this one was through the woods were there were warning signs for pit vipers but we only saw the signs once we got to the...  more »
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  • Not as large as the other castles in Japan, but a worthy spot to visit. Great views from the top deck if you're able to walk. Not recommended for people in wheel chairs. Inside the castle you'll be able to view a handful of armor, swords and artifacts. The walk down the hill back to the rope-way winds down a well wooded forest.
  • Accessible by hiking many trails or catching a tram that is near Kintaikyo Bridge. Incredible views and great historical exibits in the castle. A must see!
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