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September 27, 2014 - Iwakuni and Hiroshima

Iwakuni doesn't have that much famous sights as the nearby Miyajima but it is definitely worth to visit. Its most famous sightseeing spots are the Kintai Bridge and the Iwakuni Castle.
When we were there the bridge was under renovation, but with the castle on the top of the mountain in the background it still provided a spectacular view.

After crossing the bridge, the path leads to the entrance of Kikko Park, where Hiroyoshi Kikkawa's statue (he ordered the construction of the bridge) stands.

Not far from here stands the statue of Sasaki Kojiro, who was killed by Miyamoto Musashi in a duel. The reason why he got a statue here is that his famous technique, "Turning Swallow Cut" was inspired by the swallows flying around the Kintai Bridge.

The fastest and easiest way to reach the castle on the top of the mountain is to use the cable car.

Iwakuni Castle is a reconstruction and was built in 1962, but still a quite interesting castle to see. It also has a history museum inside with lots of weapons, armors, scrolls and other items. And of course it provides an amazing view of the city.

After spending a bit more time in Iwakuni than originally planned we arrived at Hiroshima to see the Shukkeien Garden and the Hiroshima Castle.

We spent some time exploring the gardens around the castle and visited the Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine then finally left the castle grounds through its Main Gate.

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List of Posts:
2015/10/28 - Meoto Iwa and Ise Jingu
2015/10/26 - Hikone Castle and Genkyuen Garden with unexpected film shooting
2015/10/25 - Inuyama
2015/10/24 - Matsumoto Castle and Daio Wasabi Farm
2015/10/23 - Himeji Castle, the first autumn since reopening
2015/10/22 - Exploring Nagoya Castle and surroundings
2014/10/05 - Rainy days in Itoigawa
2014/10/03 - Two days in Takayama
2014/10/01 - A day in Kyoto about Shinto
2014/09/30 - Tea and Zen at Uji
2014/09/29 - Ninnaji and Takao
2014/09/28 - Exploring Kyoto's southern temples
2014/09/27 - Iwakuni and Hiroshima
2014/09/26 - One day at Miyajima