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.
Iwakuni Castle can be easily visited on a day trip from Hiroshima or combined with a trip to Miyajima. The main keep is not actually in the original location. It was rebuilt here to be better seen from the bridge area. There is also a good amount of stonework around the castle at the top of the mountain. I will document it one day when I make another trip down there. The Nagayamon Gate of the Kagawa Residence near the bridge at the foot of the mountain is an original samurai home gate. It is a prefectural historical building and a must-see site in Iwakuni.
|Reconstructed main keep
|Top 100 Castles
|Main Keep Structure
|4 levels, 4 stories
|main keep, gates, samurai homes, stone walls, castle town
|Iwakuni Station (San'yo Honsen), 20 minutes by bus to the Kintaikyo Bridge, 10 minute walk to the ropeway to the top
|9:00-16:45 , 1140 yen including ropeway
|120 mins including Kintaikyo Bridge
|Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture
|34° 10' 30.72" N, 132° 10' 27.19" E
|Added to Jcastle
|Admin Year Visited
|1996, 1998, 2019
|February 1996, August 1998, February 17, 2019