Iwakuni Travel Guide

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Iwakuni Things to Do

  • Miyajima

    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...

  • 3 Peaks

    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.

  • 7 Falls

    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...

  • Kintai Bridge

    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.

  • For bridge lovers only!

    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...

  • Kintai Bridge

    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...

  • Walking across the bridge

    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...


    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).


Iwakuni Hotels

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  • Iwakuni Kokusai Kanko Hotel

    1-1-7 Iwakuni, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 741-0062, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Green Rich Hotel Iwakuni Ekimae

    2-5-21 Marifumachi, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 740-0018, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Iwakuni Business Hotel and Spa

    3__1-12 Marifumachi, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture 740-0018, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Iwakuni Nightlife

  • The best bar in Iwakuni

    A great Rock N Roll bar. Over 30 different beers from all over the world.The only bar in Iwakuni where they do not play that annoying karaoke or rap crap!Good crowd. Maybe 70 percent American and 30 percent Japanese, mostly girls. none

  • In Iwakuni, 666 baby!!!!!!!! ...

    In Iwakuni, 666 baby!!!!!!!! I don't know if the Bronx is still open.Great place to hang out and drink a beer... the ambiance is great (it's not satanic you weirdo).. Just a rock bar... with great music! The DOORS!! and they have live bands sometimes on weekends. Anything you are wearing is fine.

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Iwakuni Transportation

  • Getting around

    Getting around Iwakuni can be easy. At the bus stop at the JR station there is English signs pointing you to the bus area for the Kintai Bridge and the Shin Iwakuni station they won't give bus numbers because all buses that stop at that area are bound for those locations. The route will change depending on the bus but the final destination won't...

  • Trains

    There are numerous train stations in iwakuni. There is a Shinkansen station. There is the main Iwakuni JR station that is no where near the Kintai bridge, but at the main station you can swap trains to either the nishikigawa line or the ganto line. These both have other train stations in iwakuni. There is a station not to far from the Kintai bridge...


    There are 2 trains stations at Iwakuni. Shin Iwakuni for shinkansen and Iwakuni station for local train, both station are far from KINTAI-KYO and you need to take buses or taxis. From Iwakuni station take the bus "ICHISUKE" . Iwakuni station to KINTAI KYO 8H -19H Every hours KINTAI-KYO to Iwakuni station 8h30-19h30 Every hours ticket prices : 240...


Iwakuni Local Customs


    Every town/city/region in Japan is famous for something in the souvenir department. The best souvenirs ( omiyage ) to buy in Iwakuni is: Iwakuni Pottery - mainly tea ware.Anything to do with the Kintai Bridge or the White Snake . Iwakuni Sushi - they say it is a taste unrivaled... I dunno!! Ayu Cuisine - Ayu is a sweetfish caught in the Nishiki...


    Telephone code for Japan is: 81Telephone code for Iwakuni is: 0827When calling from overseas dial: +81-827

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Iwakuni What to Pack

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan on doing a lot of train travel when you are in Japan then I suggest that you decline from bringing large, heavy suitcases. Most train stations in Japan have huge staircases (often no lift) so lugging a big suitcase is not an easy task. I suggest a good backpack would be a good choice.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather gear is essential. I just use an umbrella but there have been times that I have got completely soaked!! I can't buy shoes in Japan so I have had to think carefully before I came about what kind of footwear to buy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things you will need can be purcahsed here.

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Iwakuni Off The Beaten Path


    The Iwakuni White Snake only lives in certain parts of Iwakuni and is considered a natural treasure. It is one of the world's rarest snakes. I'm pretty squeamish when it somes to snakes but I went and took a look at them anyway at the little display in Kikko Park near Kintai Bridge.

  • hmm.. lemme see. Getting lost...

    hmm.. lemme see. Getting lost in Otake, at night with your gas meter on 'E', is quite an adventure.. there is practically NO escape! Hachigamene.. everyone knows that.. Isuzu beach is grungy, but nice to hang out with your buds at night and drink beer.... The levy.. Random playgrounds. Gosh, I forget.. I'll have to come back.

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    Autumn is a great time to visit Iwakuni as there are many beautiful autumn leaves around the temple. The best place to see the maple leaves is in Momijidani Park.

  • Please explore the culture...

    Please explore the culture here. Do not be afraid to see different things and taste different foods. I have been to several parks, festivals and china factories (do not recall names). My fondest memory of Iwakuni was that I was able to take my son. The people loved to watch him dance. I recall a contest he entered, and he won. We stayed in this...

  • HIROSHIMA!!!!!!!!! That's the...

    HIROSHIMA!!!!!!!!! That's the best part of the nitelife while livin in Iwakuni!!! Perhaps Tunnels or Bluebird Cafe The freedom of Japan... Walking into Popura's and getting tobakos or suntory even if you look 12...


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