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Yamaguchi | 6.5h
Let's walk through the Kintaikyo Bridge and Iwakuni Castle Town!
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Iwakuni has a lot of offers, such as sake and magnificent views.


Iwakuni City is located in the easternmost part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, near the border with Hiroshima Prefecture, and is an area that still retains the nostalgic cityscape of a castle town.

On this tour, you will visit tourist attractions throughout the castle town, as well as experience Iwakuni's unique traditions and culture.
The highlight of the tour is, of course, the Kintai Bridge! The five-arch wooden bridge, also known as the "Miracle Bridge", blends in beautifully with the gorgeous scenery of the castle town.
From the Kintai Bridge, you will be able to see Iwakuni Castle, which towers majestically over the mountains. From the castle's keep, you can delight in a spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea's islands.
There will also be many other experiences such as tasting the local cuisine and sake that can only be found in Iwakuni, and meeting cute and rare animals related to Iwakuni!

Enjoy walking around Iwakuni, where history, culture, tradition, and nature are in perfect harmony.

Highlights


・Visit the Kintai Bridge, one of the three most famous bridges in Japan, and actually experience crossing it.
・Enjoy spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea from the castle tower of Iwakuni Castle.
・You can taste Iwakuni sushi, Iwakuni lotus root, and other local dishes.
・You can taste and sample local specialties and rare sake that can only be found in Iwakuni.
・You can see traditional fishing methods that have lasted for 380 years, as well as rare armor and swords.
・Experience an up-close look at Iwakuni's natural treasure, the white snake.
・You can eat Iwakuni's specialty, a unique kind of soft ice cream.

Attractions


・Kintai Bridge: Completed in the 1600s after overcoming many difficulties, this is the largest tourist attraction in Iwakuni. The five arches floating on the river are breathtakingly beautiful and loved by many tourists. Enjoy the sight of one of the three most famous bridges in Japan, and feel its rich history. 
・Iwakuni Stone Doll Museum: A museum of stone dolls, which have been a specialty of Iwakuni since the Edo period. The stone dolls, which are said to be found only here, are actually nests made by insects in the Nishiki River! Take a look and admire these mysterious sculptures created by nature. 
・Sakura No Chaya: A Japanese-style cafe located at the foot of Kinjyo Bridge, the upper part of the Kintai Bridge. On a sunny day, you can sit outside on the terrace and feel the nice breeze coming from the Nishiki River. Tuck into a delicious lunch made with Iwakuni specialties. 
・Iwakuni Chokokan: A museum where you can learn about the history of Iwakuni. Its massive stone-like building, built during the war, is said to have been constructed using bamboo instead of iron, making it a very unique structure. One of the highlights of the museum is the interior design based on the motif of the Kintai Bridge. 
・Iwakuni Castle: This castle is located on top of a mountain and can be reached by ropeway. From the observatory of the castle tower, you can enjoy spectacular views of both Iwakuni City and the Seto Inland Sea. There is also a permanent exhibit featuring armour and swords in the castle tower, so take your time to enjoy the castle and feel like a lord! 
・Kashiwabara Museum of Art (formerly Iwakuni Art Museum): This is one of the few museums in Japan featuring a comprehensive display of samurai armour. These swords and helmets that were used from the Warring States period to the end of the Edo period are works of art that contain the souls of warriors who fought for life and death. Some of the pieces are based on familiar objects, we recommend observing and studying each one carefully. 
・Iwakuni White Snake Museum: A museum dedicated to the white snake, which has been revered as a "messenger of the gods" in Iwakuni since ancient times and is designated as a national natural monument. Here, you can see them up close and personal! Let's learn all about its history and ecology, while enjoying a close look at this auspicious white snake. 
・Kikko Unosato: This is a breeding facility for cormorants, which play an active role in Iwakuni's summer tradition of "cormorant fishing" along the Nishiki River, upstream from Kintai Bridge. Here, you can watch the cormorants training and eating food. Be sure to take plenty of pictures of these adorable cormorants!
・Take no Sato Musashi: A famous restaurant in Iwakuni, located at the foot of Kintai Bridge. The reason for its popularity is its soft-serve ice cream, which is available in over 150 varieties! From classic flavours, to surprising flavours not common in ice cream, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to try these unique flavours! 
・Honke Matsugane: A popular spot where you can sample Iwakuni's specialties at surprisingly low prices. This store, built in a renovated merchant house that once represented Iwakuni, is a fun place to visit. Delight in, to your heart's content, the rare varieties of sake, and Iwakuni gourmet food that can only be enjoyed here.

Notes

・Iwakuni Chokokan is closed on Mondays.
・Sakura-no-Chaya is closed on Wednesdays.
・Please note that if any other locations are temporarily closed, tour contents may also be changed to a different location.
・The Kintai Bridge features a steep staircase. We recommend that you wear non-slip shoes.
・ Some locations serve alcoholic beverages. Children are allowed to enter, but participants must be at least 20 years of age to consume alcohol.


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Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY4,100 /person)

Meeting Point

JR Iwakuni Station ticket gate



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