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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 (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year, between exhibitions
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes
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 (or following day if Wednesday is a holiday), New Year
Admission: 500 yen
Typical visit duration: 10-15 minutes
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: Infrequent, irregular closures
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 (or 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 Snake Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 200 yen
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes
These rare albino serpents are local to Iwakuni and can be viewed at this 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.

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 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

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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