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"KIntaikyō Bridge" Ukiyo-e picture written by Katsushika Hokusai

Profile : Iwakuni Castle Ruins

LocationIwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Also known asYokoyama Castle
Type of castleMountaintop
Mountain's nameMt. Yokoyama
ConditionReconstructed main keep
Year built1601
Castle lordKikkawa Hiroie
Refurbishment lordKikkawa Clan
Portrait of Kikkawa Hiroie from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Kikkawa Clan from "Wikipedia"

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Iwakuni Castle admission

admission fee : 270yen (Adult) 120yen(elementary students)
admission time : am9-pm4:45
closing period : reference official site

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Kintaikyō Bridge
”Japan's leading tourist attraction"

Even if you don't know Iwakuni Castle, Maybe many people know. Kintaikyo Bridge is a wooden bridge consisting of five warp bridges hung over Nishikigawa River, and was built by Kikkawa Clan to connect his residence and castle town.
Iwakuni Castle, located on Mt. Yokoyama at an altitude of 200m, was built by Kikkawa Hiroie, who was sealed off to Iwakuni after the Battle of Sekigahara. it is a new construction of mountaintop style castle, which is rare at the time of the transition from it to hilltop style one. Mt.Yokoyama with the castle has Nishiki River flowing on the east, west and north sides, and has a topography like a natural moat, It is made to take advantage of this.
Main keep

A four-level and six-story main keep with a unique appearance called “Nanban-zukuri”. The sixth floor is larger than the fifth floor, Similarly, the fourth floor is larger than the third floor, currently towering at the summit was rebuilt in 1962.
Seven years after its completion, the main keep, all buildings and stone walls were destroyed by "One Country One Castle Order".
Ruins of main keep base reconstructed in 1995
Ruins of the lord's residence are now in Kikkou Park.


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