Kintai Bridge and Iwakuni Castle

Glimpse of old Japan & some impressive architecture

By Ben Beechey    - 1 min read

Iwakuni city (岩国市) is located in Yamaguchi-ken. It is a popular destination for tourists, just a short trip from both Hiroshima and Miyajima. Perhaps the most spectacular sight in Iwakuni is the Kintai Bridge. It spans the Nishiki river and was first constructed in 1673, its big five arches have become a symbol of the area. Iwakuni Castle which can be reached by foot or cable car sits on top of a mountain behind the bridge, and provides a glimpse into old Japan. Inside the castle is an interesting history museum containing weapons, and other historical artifacts. The area surrounding the castle also offers a number of hiking trails and impressive views over the city.

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Ben Beechey

Ben Beechey @ben.beechey

I moved to Japan in late 2007 and lived in the beautiful mountainous setting of Nagano-ken for two very fun years. Although the scenery in Nagano was stunning and the snowboarding conditions second to none, I decided to try life in the fast lane and moved to Tokyo in 2009. I have been in Tokyo since, and am currently based in Nakano-ku. Living in Tokyo fascinates me on a daily basis, there are so many interesting people to meet, places to discover and adventures to be had. My passion is photography, both analogue and digital and I also enjoy snowboarding, cycling and traveling in my spare time. If you'd like to see some of my photographic work, feel free to check it out at: Thanks for stopping by today!