Statue of Kikkawa Hiroyoshi at the Entrance to Kikko Park

After crossing the Kintaikyo Bridge, visitors are greeted by the statue of the man who initiated the bridge's construction, Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, the third lord of Iwakuni. In the area behind the statue, there are a number of sites of interest centered around Kikko Park, a spacious park with walking paths, plants and fountains.

During the Edo Period, the residences of the ruling Kikkawa family were located where Kikko Park now stands, and the retainers of the ruling family were located nearby. Because of this, the area is now blessed with former samurai residences and museums featuring historic artifacts.

Museums

Choko-kan Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year, between exhibitions
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes
English: None
This museum focuses on articles of everyday life, but also features some scroll paintings and displays on Kintaikyo Bridge.

Kikkawa Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (following day if Wednesday is a holiday), New Year
Admission: 500 yen
Typical visit duration: 10-15 minutes
English: None
This small museum displays the possessions of the Kikkawa family, which includes documents, swords, and weapons.

Iwakuni Art Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from December to February)
Closed: Thursdays (following day if Thursday is a national holiday)
Admission: 800 yen
Typical visit duration: 30 minutes
This museum's collection includes glassware, samurai armor, ceramics, and the furniture of Iwakuni's feudal lords.

Residences

Mekata Residence

Hours: 9:30 to 16:30
Closed: Mondays (following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes
This former residence belonged to the Mekata family, who were mid-level samurai. Visitors cannot actually enter the residence, but can walk around it and observe it from a few steps away.

Nagayamon Gate

This gate belongs to a former samurai residence of the Kagawa family. Because the residence is still used, only the gate can be viewed. The gate is believed to have been built in 1693, and has been well maintained.

Other

White Snakes

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 200 yen
English: None
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes
These rare albino serpents are local to Iwakuni and can be viewed at a museum in Kikko Park across the ropeway station. The snakes are believed to bring good fortune.

Kikko Shrine

Hours: 7:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: FreeTypical visit duration: 5-10 minutes
Kikko Shrine is the family shrine of Iwakuni's powerful Kikkawa family. The shrine was constructed in 1884, and is situated above the living quarters of the family's former residence.

Access

Kikko Park and its various attractions are located a few steps from Kintaikyo Bridge.

Buses travel from both Iwakuni Station and Shin-Iwakuni Station to Kintaikyo bus stop. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs 300 yen from Iwakuni Station (buses every 5-15 minutes), or 15 minutes and 350 yen from Shin-Iwakuni Station (1-2 buses per hour).

How to get to and around Iwakuni

Tours and travel services

Page last updated: June 28, 2017