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Iwakuni

A former castle town and home to Kintaikyo Bridge located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

Iwakuni

Iwakuni is a former castle town situated in the easternmost portion of Yamaguchi Prefecture facing the Sea of Aki. Today, Iwakuni has become a popular tourist destination for visitors from residing areas including Hiroshima and Miyajima. One of the landmark structures of Iwakuni is the Kintaikyo Bridge. This wooden arched bridge measures around 200 meters in length, built without using a single nail, stands as one of the most famous bridges of Japan. After crossing the Kintaikyo Bridge, visitors will arrive at the Kikko Park, a location which was once the residential area for the ruling samurai warriors. Visitors can stroll along the scenic park and view the houses of the former lords with many museums also available including the Iwakuni Art Museum housing many artifacts from the Kikkawa clan permanently on display. The Iwakuni Castle provides a panoramic view of the entire city stands today as the symbol of this former castle town. The castle was built in the early 17th century by the Kikkawa family, but torn down just 7 years after its establishment. Today the ferro- concrete construction was reconstructed in 1962 with many artifacts on display including samurai swords and armor for travelers in search a historical touch of Japan. Snake loving visitors can tour the White Snake Park, which offers guests a look at the white snakes unique to Iwakuni with some reaching over 180 cm in length.