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April 8, 2015 - Iwakuni Castle and Kintai-kyo Bridge - Spring 2015

Iwakuni is a small city in southeastern Yamaguchi Prefecture with most iconic wooden bridge and reconstructed castle situated on mountain top.
Trip to Iwakuni requires tranfer at Hiroshima to local train ( 50 min )
or "KODAMA" shinkasen. ( 15 min )

After leaving Shin-Iwakuni station, I needed still ~30 minutes ride with local bus to reach
Kintai-kyo Bridge.

Kintai-kyo Bridge itself making stunning impression
sakura trees already scattered at river banks though ;-(

After crossing Kintai-kyo Bridge, my next target was ropeway station situated at end of Kikko Park.

Vanilla-chocco Ice Cream from local stand

Short after pleasant walk through Kikko Park i have arrived at lower rope-way station

Rope-way up to mountain top provides nice panoramic view of Kintai-kyo Bridge and river

After short gondola ride and 5 minute walk through forest path, I have reached Iwakuni Castle.

Inside castle keep, visitors could view display of samurai weapons and armors

On my way back to Iwakuni station sky cleared visibly and temperature raised also.

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List of Posts:
2015/04/12 - Short cycle on Shimanami Kaido, exploring Innoshima island.
2015/04/11 - Early spring visit at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
2015/04/10 - Night illumination at Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle
2015/04/08 - Itsukushima Shrine at low tide and Mt.Misen climbing - Spring 2015
2015/04/08 - Iwakuni Castle and Kintai-kyo Bridge - Spring 2015
2015/04/06 - City of Hiroshima in half day visit.
2015/04/05 - Evening view at bay area from Cosmo Tower
2015/04/05 - Energy recovery at Kinosaki Onsen
2015/04/04 - Handayama Botanical Garden and side trip to Kurashiki
2015/04/04 - Osaka Sakuranomiya Park and Okayama Korakuen Garden
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Arashiyama district and evening visit at Yasaka Shrine
2015/04/03 - Wakakusayama hike and visit at Kasuga Taisha Shrine
2015/04/02 - Nunobiki Herb Garden, waterfall trail descent and brief visit at Meriken Park
2015/04/02 - Two sides of newly opened Himeji Castle