IWAKUNI TRIPSby Ed Prifogle and Dick Reinhardt
TORII GATEIwakuni Description
Located in the eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Iwakuni has a population of about 110,000 people and an area of 5 square miles. Today, it is a town that features its industry, tourism, and the US Marine military base. The cherry blossoms of spring, cormorant fishing in summer, multicolored leaves in fall, and snowscapes of winter provide beautiful backgrounds for the city. And in the stretches along the river near both ends of the Kintai bridge, the quiet atmosphere of Iwakuni, the castle town, remains, gently comforting for those who visit here.
Island( is a short ferry trip. It lies between Iwakuni and Hiroshima It
is a tourist center with the famous floating Torii (Gate) one of three
most beautiful sights in Japan.
"Wild" (hand tamed) deer inhabit the areas where toursts can feed them. There is a monkey reserve on top of the chair lift ride. Depending on how far out you wish to range, We recomend the Himeji Castle (On the Coast between Hiroshima and Osaka) the greatest of the 12 remaining feudal Castles in Japan.
See the huge Buddha (Tojedi
Temple)in Nara Nara Temples and the Ninja Museum in Iga.
Ninjas were the original group who turned into science what the CIA
spooks do today. All three attractions can be viewed in a single day
with an early start.
Visit the temple and the Ninja Museum and Castle in that order. All can
visited in one day by train. See the train schedule under MORE RESOURCES