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How to get to Iwakuni

From Hiroshima

The vast majority of travelers will approach Iwakuni from Hiroshima by either local train or shinkansen. (How to get to Hiroshima.)

Shin-Iwakuni Station is a station along the JR Sanyo Shinkansen, but only kodama trains stop at the station. The one way trip from Hiroshima to Shin-Iwakuni takes 15 minutes and costs 1640 yen for a non-reserved seat or around 3000 yen for a reserved seat.

Alternatively, Iwakuni Station can be reached by frequently departing local trains along the JR Sanyo Main Line. The one way trip from Hiroshima takes 50 minutes and costs 770 yen. Miyajima is located about halfway in between (25 minutes, 330 yen from Iwakuni Station).

By direct flight from Tokyo

ANA operates multiple flights per day between Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Flight duration is about 1.5 hours. The regular one way fare is 33,000 yen, but discount fares are usually available for around 13,500 yen. Buses connect the airport to Iwakuni Station (15 minutes, 200 yen one way).

By direct overnight bus from Tokyo

Bocho Bus runs an overnight bus between Tokyo Station and Iwakuni Station. The one way trip takes approximately 11 hours and costs about 11,000 to 15,500 yen depending on the day of travel. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.

By direct highway bus from other major cities

Kintetsu Bus runs a night bus connecting Kyoto Station, Osaka Station, Osaka's Namba Station, Kobe's Sannomiya Bus Terminal and Iwakuni Station. Buses depart once per day in each direction, taking approximately 7 to 9.5 hours and costing about 6700 to 9000 yen one way depending on the day of travel.

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Getting around

Iwakuni has two main railway stations, Iwakuni Station (served by local trains) in the city center and Shin-Iwakuni Station (served by shinkansen) in the outskirts of the city. Kintai-kyo Bridge is located in between the two stations, about five kilometers from either station, and best reached by bus or taxi.

From Iwakuni Station, buses depart every 5-15 minutes in direction of the bridge, and the one way ride takes about 20 minutes and costs 300 yen. From Shin-Iwakuni Station, one or two buses per hour depart in direction of the bridge, and the one way ride takes about 15 minutes and costs 350 yen.

All of Iwakuni's other main attractions are located within walking distance of the Kintai-kyo Bridge, while a ropeway lifts tourists to Iwakuni Castle.

Iwakuni Station and Shin-Iwakuni Station are also connected with each other by the Nishikigawa Railway (15 minutes, 420 yen, one train every two hours). The train is partially using non-JR tracks. Consequently, the ride is not fully covered by JR passes.

Hotels around Iwakuni

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    • Iwakuni Kokusai Kanko Hotel
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      Located right in front of Kintaikyo Bridge, Iwakuni Kokusai Kanko Hotel offers Japanese-style rooms and public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths. Guests can use free Wi-Fi at the public areas and massages can be requested for an extra cost. JR Shin Iwakuni Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A safety deposit box, fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and Japanese Yukata robes. Guests can enjoy the various open-air hot-spring baths and refresh in the sauna. Free parking is available on site and local souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. Japanese meals featuring local Iwakuni sushi can be enjoyed at Sakura Chaya restaurant and Chinese dishes are served at Iwakuni Szechwan Restaurant. Kanko Hotel Iwakuni Kokusai is a 5-minute walk from Kikko Park and a 5-minute drive from Iwakuni Castle. Miyajima Island can be reached in 1 hour by car.
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    • Green Rich Hotel Iwakuni Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Green Rich Hotel Iwakuni Ekimae is situated in Iwakuni, 27 km from Komatsu Harbor and 4.2 km from Kintai Bridge. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport is a 10-minute drive from the property.
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    • Hotel Trend Iwakuni
      Mid-range
      42 km from Komatsu Harbor, Hotel Trend Iwakuni is set in Iwakuni and offers air-conditioned rooms. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a TV and a private bathroom. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Hotel Trend Iwakuni can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Kintai Bridge is 5 km from the accommodation, while Shin-Iwakuni Station is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 2 km from Hotel Trend Iwakuni.
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