Kintaikyo Festival

Traditional parade & event at Iwakuni's famous bridge

By JJ Walsh   Jun 12, 2013 - 1 min read

Kintaikyo bridge is one of the most famous structures in this part of Japan. It has been rebuilt many times to keep the original design which was built entirely of wood without the use of any nails. It was most recently reconstructed in 2004 and was so expensive that there is now a small fee to cross the bridge.

Annual festival held at the famous Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni. The highlight of the event is a reenactment of the departure of the local daimyo, or lord, and his entourage for of Edo, a requirement of the sankin-kotai system imposed by the Tokugawa Shogunate. The parade of men and women dressed in colorful period costume usually cross the bridge at around 2pm.

The parades are followed by a demonstration of the firing of antique matchlock guns by local volunteers dressed in Edo Era armor and Japanese taiko drumming. You’ll find other demonstrations and performances, as well as all the usual food and drink stalls common at Japanese festivals.

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I've been living in Hiroshima since the mid 90's & still discovering new things to enjoy. I'm a big fan of both the old "wabi sabi" as well as modern and new designs, Japan offers both of these type of places to explore and enjoy. Even after many years here, I am still discovering surprising, fantastic and wacky things about this strange and wonderful land. I hope you enjoy your adventures around Japan- feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about traveling with kids, vegetarian dining or anything specific to Hiroshima.

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Kim B 5 months ago
Thanks for sharing the details about this festival! Looks fantastic!
JJ Walsh Author 5 years ago
The kintaikyo festival is held in April (the 29th) you can see all the details on the main article: http://en.japantourist.jp/view/kintai-bridge-festival-iwakuni
Mary Kawai 5 years ago
When is this festival?