One of Japans three most scenic spots. It was designated as a World Cultural Heritage site. There is an aquarium here but when i went in 2009 it was closed and said it would be closed until 2011. Other then that everything else is worth seeing, Alot of steps but as i have realized from my short time here in the area just about anywhere you go there are alot of steps. It is a beautiful island with a lot of history. I was not able to see everything on the island but the O-torii Gate and Itsukushima Shrine were impressive along with the Daishion Temple. The Ropeway is little pricey so if you like to walk/hike i would suggest walking to the top where the views are breathtaking and of course the monkeys and deer reside. I took the ropeway up with my family and my mother was not able to hike from where that lets you off to the summit where some other things i wanted to see were, but next time through i want to chek it out.
I was told to check out 3 peaks but ran out of time while in the area, People i have met though that have been hiking here said it was a great place to go. Plan to go next time i am in the area. If your into hiking check it out. Tent camping is available but reservations are required.
Not sure why it's called 7 Falls, only saw 5, but those 5 were impressive! Alot of stairs though and once you get to the top go right through the tunnel and follow trail to where it Ts and if you go right up the never ending stairs (trail supposed to lead back to the parking lot but was closed) there are some pretty sweet views. At the T i did go left but not very far so can't say anything about that trail. Would highly recomend if you like hiking and waterfalls.
One thing to definetly do is visit the Kintai (Freedom) bridge. It's not very hard to get to, just ask around and you will be pointed in the right direction. From there you can also visit Iwakuni's castle.
Iwakuni is home to the Kintai-kyo, a traditional five-arched bridge that spans the Nishiki-gawa. The bridge is 210m and is held together with only clamps and wires, not nails. Sadly, the bridge had to be re-built a third time in 1950 when it was destroyed by Typhoon Kijiya. Its still a really cool bridge to see though. There are a few other things to check out in the town, but they are all easily missed in favor of Kintai bridge. Without a doubt, give the castle a miss. There are much better examples almost everywhere in Japan! Give yourself 2 hours to get to, see the bridge, and get back to the train station. Definitely worth a QUICK stop. Price ￥220
This beautiful bridge was first built in 1673, and not a single nail was used! It stood until 1950 when it was destroyed by a typhoon. The bridge was rebuilt a few years later, copying the original design. Unusually, the five spans all have stairs up and down rather than a single arch.
The toll to cross the bridge is 300 yen (drop the money in the box out of hours) or, if you just want nice photos, go down to the modern bridge where you can snap away for free.
will cost you 300 Yen. Buy the ticket when you go over and don't loose it as on the way back they take off the coupon. There is a painting of the bridge on the ticket.
It would be really pretty here during cherry blossom time.
The Kintai Bridge was first built by Hiroyoshi Kikawa (the third fuedal lord of the Kikawa clan) in 1673. The bridge was washed away the following year though by a flood on the Nishiki River during the Rainy season. The bridge was reconstructed and this time lasted 276 years until again in 1950 it was washed away during a typhoon. The bridge that currently stands was built after 1950. It is 193.3 meters long (straight across) and 5 metres wide.
This castle was originally built in 1608 and was controlled by the Kikkawa family after the battle of Sekigahara.
This castle is a reconstruction of the original. The castle sits on top of Shiroyama (Castle Mountain).
Kintai, DUH! Not much in Iwakuni.. but a great place to live.
It's beautiful!! not JUST the bridge, but the surrounding areas! X-pecially at night when you can light off fireworks and check out fine Japanese guys!