After crossing the Kintaikyo Bridge, visitors are greeted by the statue of the man who initiated the bridge's construction, Kikkawa Hiroyoshi (1621-1679), the third lord of Iwakuni. In the area behind the statue, there are a number of sites of interest centered around Kikko Park (g, Kikkō Kōen), a spacious park with walking paths, plants and fountains.

During the Edo Period (1603-1868), 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.


Choko-kan Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year, between exhibitions
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes

Kikkawa Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday is a holiday), New Year
Admission: 500 yen
Typical visit duration: 10-15 minutes

Kashiwabara Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from December to February)
Closed: Infrequent, irregular closures
Admission: 800 yen
Typical visit duration: 30 minutes


Mekada Residence

Hours: 9:30 to 16:30
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes

Nagayamon Gate

Other attractions

White Snake Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: Infrequent, irregular closures
Admission: 200 yen
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes

Kikko Shrine

Hours: 7:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 5-10 minutes

Getting there and around

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 15 minutes and costs 300 yen from Iwakuni Station (buses every 10-20 minutes), or 15 minutes and 350 yen from Shin-Iwakuni Station (1-2 buses per hour).

How to get to and around Iwakuni

Hotels around Iwakuni

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    • Iwakuni Kokusai Kanko Hotel
      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 (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana)
      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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