|English Name||Iwakuni Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||4 levels, 4 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1962 (concrete)|
|Access||Iwakuni Station (San'yo Honsen), 20 minutes by bus to the Kintaikyo Bridge, 10 minute walk to the ropeway to the top|
|Location||Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 10' 31", 132° 10' 27"|
|Year Visited||1996, 1998|
|Visits||February 1996, August 1998|
Iwakuni-jo was built by Kikkawa Hiroie in 1608. Just a few years later in 1615 the castle was torn down to comply with the Tokugawa law of "one castle per province." The current reconstruction was placed a little bit closer to the front edge of the mountain so it could be more easily seen from below and to give visitors a better view of the valley from the castle.
I visited Iwakuni in a day trip from Hiroshima. It's worth the visit to see the famous bridge Kintaikyo and the samurai settlement. All current pictures were donated by Terry P.