- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Iwakuni Airport -
"Kintaikyo Bridge" and its Surroundings
The beautiful "Kintaikyo Bridge" is a symbol of Japan. There are many spots around the bridge worth a visit.
It is a beautiful wooden bridge with 5 arches. We also recommend visiting in spring when beautiful cherry blossoms are around and in autumn when everything is covered in fall colors.
Iwakuni Castle sits on a 200 m high hill. It is easily accessible by the "Iwakuni Castle Ropeway". Castle tower has an observation deck with a great view.
There are old "castle town" streets in the surrounding areas that are fun to stroll around.
Shirohebi of Iwakuni
"Iwakuni's Shirohebi" is a white snake that inhabits "Iwakuni". This white snake has been registered as Iwakuni's natural treasure. There are many places such as "Iwakuni Shirohebi Museum" where you can see Shirohebi. It is said that Shirohebi invites wealth.
Popular High-class Sake "Dassai"
"Asahi Shuzo" in "Iwakuni" produces Japan's leading sake named "Dassai". Known as a high quality sake amongst the Japanese sake brands, "Dassai" is also internationally famous. There are one-hour "cellar tours" where you get to taste the sake (reservation required). There are four breweries in "Iwakuni" besides "Asahi Shuzo" that produce sake. All of them are delicious.
"Oshizushi", a local delicacy of "Iwakuni". "Kinshi Tamago", the beautiful yellow colored dish is made by cutting eggs in juliennes and lightly frying them. It is said that the feudal lord of "Iwakuni castle" used to eat "Kinshi Tamago."
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
Town with the Kintai Bridge "Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture"
Iwakuni is a city located in the east of Yamaguchi Prefecture. Prospering as a castle town since the Edo Period, this old town has maintained its charm to this day. Iwakuni Castle was built in 1608 by Kikkawa Hiroie, the first ruler of the Iwakuni-han. The present construction dates back to 1962. The Kintai Bridge built over the Nishiki River is a traditional wooden Japanese bridge.
"Doors to explore 'NIPPON'", a special program that showcases scenes hand-picked from NHK's "SHIN NIHON FUDOKI", a show that conveys the beautiful scenery and profound culture of Japan, is screened on five TV monitors installed in the departure area of Haneda Airport. Do enjoy the video before you leave Haneda Airport.