Iwakuni Castle
Iwakuni Castle
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lovetotravel560
Arnold, MD776 contributions
Apr 2023
You can walk of take the "ropeway" /tram/gondola up the mountain to see this castle. There is a fee for the ropeway and a fee to go in the castle. There is a great view of the city from the top and a small museum in the castle.
Written 8 May 2023
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Barry C
Sleaford, UK503 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Even from the top of the cable car, it is
still quite a long walk to the castle. There
was a staircase to the right of the pathway
which lead directly to the castle, but was
not signposted, so we ended up following
a longer route, before finding it.

The castle is fairly small, but very attractive
and the views of the town, river and bridge
are spectacular.

On the way down, we saw a sign warning of
poisonous snakes. Apparently they only
bite the locals, as the sign was in Japanese!

Quite a tiring walk for elderly people, but worth
it for the great views from the top.
Written 21 April 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,903 contributions
Dec 2020
I've lived in Iwakuni for a while now and have been to the castle several times. I've never been inside as I have been waiting for visitors. Due to it being 2020 I knew I wouldn't see any visitors any time soon, so I decided to treat myself to the castle museum. I found the museum to be informative and they had a decent amount of artifacts on display, mainly swords. I found it to be an interesting read that at one point there was only one castle per province so many of them were destroyed, the Iwakuni Castle being one of them. The entrance is only 270 Yen, you can get a combined ticket that includes the ropeway and bridge for under 1000 Yen. I find the views from the castle and deck to be stunning, you can see all of Iwakuni and beyond!
Written 14 December 2020
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TassieTripping
Hobart, Australia546 contributions
Sept 2019
Although a reconstructed castle, it was interesting to visit. Lovely peaceful hill setting, great views of the city and Inland Sea and some good displays of weaponry including swords and old guns, and some armour. There is also a good selection of photos of other Japanese castles, both National Treasures and reconstructions.
Written 15 July 2020
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pollyoppy
Ormskirk, UK1,262 contributions
Sept 2019
We like these castles from the outside mostly. The walk up the mountain to this one was through the woods were there were warning signs for pit vipers but we only saw the signs once we got to the top!! So be careful where you tread! The views from the castle are lovely and you can get there via the cable car instead of walking.
Written 13 January 2020
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RealW0rldTraveller
Alberta, Canada509 contributions
Sept 2019
Definitely worthwhile to go and visit the Iwakuni Castle. The castle was rebuilt in 1962 as a museum which does a nice job of going through its history. What is also quite interesting are the Samurai sword displays as well as two replicated Samurai suits of armour.

Views from the castle and the grounds are amazing, especially on a clear day.

You can access the castle by cable car or by walking. Cable car comes every 15 min and takes about 3 min to either up or down. Walk up is about 1 km on the paved road or you can take the longer nature path. The road is quite steep so not an easy walk up. We took the cable car up and then walked down.
Written 19 September 2019
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VoltageBallarat
Ballarat106 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
An interesting and attractive castle containing a display of a range of Japanese swords and other weapons. We recommend you take the ropeway (cable car) to the top of the hill where the castle is.
Written 12 August 2019
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Owen L
Shanghai, China224 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Got the combo ticket including bus and took a morning trip to mainly get a hilltop view of the city below. It is a spectacular view and a good spot for a picnic.

The castle had a few swords and many pictures of castles in Japan but the main attraction was the view of the bridge and cityscape below.

The walls and trails leading up were also lush and verdant. You can see the dry moats, wells and foundation stones. The site was chosen to guard against invasion and it was easy to quarry the stones from a parallel site. It guarded the river delta below.

Written 5 August 2019
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Melanie E
Canada1,924 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Iwakuni Castle was originally built in 1601 & completed in 1608. However, it was dismantled in 1615 as there was a rule – ‘one province, one castle’. It wasn’t until 1962 that a reconstructed castle was replicated.

Perched on top of Mt. Shiroyama, the ride was less than 5 minutes or if you choose, hike up to the top. The view was the main reason I wanted to go to the Castle. I wasn’t disappointed!

I could see the Kintai Bridge below. I imagine the view from the top would be even more breathtaking with the cherry blossoms or amazing Fall colours. There are semi steep wooden stairs leading to the observatory deck. Four floors in total. Inside the castle are various exhibits of historical Samurai armor and swords (interesting to see the different and decorative handles on the various swords).

The Castle is also lit up at night. Best to purchase a package that includes roundtrip walk over the bridge, ticket for the ropeway (gondola ride) and castle admission for 940 yen. Even worth the trip if you’re experiencing ‘castled out’ – seeing too many castles in Japan.
Written 8 June 2019
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Harvey689
Alexandria, VA119 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
A small castle but in a great mountain top location with commanding views of Iwakuni and the ocean. A nice journey up to the castle with the Ropeway, then nice walk through the forest up to the castle. Visit the castle along with bridge.
Written 7 June 2019
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