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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Iwakuni Castle reviews
I've lived in Iwakuni for a while now and have been to the castle several times. I've never been inside as I have been waiting for visitors. Due to it being 2020 I knew I wouldn't see any visitors...
I've lived in Iwakuni for a while now and have been to the castle several times. I've never been inside as I have been waiting for visitors. Due to it being 2020 I knew I wouldn't see any visitors... more »
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...
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 »
The castle has a very interesting history and a beautiful vantage point over Iwakuni city. There's an entrance fee to go in, but if you bought the package ticket, you can go in easily. Each floor has an exhibit, but mainly it's swords, short swords, and sacrificial swords. Each item has a placard with English and on the walls tells the story of Iwakuni Castle and the feudal lords in the area. For history buffs who like the Sengoku era, you'll see a lot of names you recognize. The view at the top is spectacular, nothing beats it. You get an almost 360 degree view of the area. I went in the summer, but if you go in the fall when the trees are red, it must be breathtaking. Overall, for a small city in its location, the castle tour experience is worth it.
Always a great place to visit in Iwakuni! From the old Kintai bridge spanning the Nishiki river to the cable car taking you to the top, this is a great weekend adventure for the family. If you are feeling slightly more energetic you can hike the path that takes you to the top. It's only a few kilometers long and it is paved so it isn't too difficult but the nature is beautiful! Entry into the castle is incredibly cheap and the plethora of 1600s swords and armor is a great look back at Japan's history!
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