Iwakuni Castle, Iwakuni

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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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  • When I went up by stairs, I could see Iwakuni Airport and the distant island. There are also exhibits of photographs and swords from other castles in Japan. The admission fee was also reasonable.
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  • Iwakuni Castle was built in 13 years by the first Iwakuni lord Hiroie Yoshikawa, and it was located on the castle at an altitude of about 200 meters, with the Kamogawa River flowing below the natural outer moat. We went up by ropeway. The ropeway fee was 560 yen for Daifuku adults.
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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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