Iwakuni castle was originally built in 1608, along with the beginning of Edo Period. The castle was chosen to be located on top of Mount Shiroyama for defense advantages. It was also partially surrounded by Nishiki River, a natural moat. The four story-high castle looks over the city 200 meters below.
Unfortunately, the castle was destroyed due to the shogun's decree. The castle only lived for short seven years after its five years of construction.
It was rebuilt in 1962, and now serves as a tourist attraction and a small museum of samurais, armors and things related to the castle's history.
Before you head to the castle keep, make sure you enjoyed the popular, five arched Kintai-kyo Bridge.
From Iwakuni Station and Shin-Iwakuni Station, ride a bus to Kintai-kyo bus stop. Go to Kintai-Kyo Bridge and ride the ropeway nearby. The ropeway is the only access to the castle.
The castle is open daily except on December 16-31, from 9:00 to 16:45 (entry is until 16:30).
Admission costs 260 for castle entrance only; 550 Yen for separate Ropeway roundtrip ride; and 940 Yen includes castle entrance, ropeway and bridge combination ticket.
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