Hometown Homepage - Iwakuni
Iwakuni Castle Town Iwakuni



A Castle Town Where People Go About Their Job Actively

Iwakuni, preserving its ancient beauty, has prospered as a feudal castle town. This city developed under the rule of Hiroie Kikkawa, from a branch of the Mori family. He moved to this land after the battle of Sekigahara, where he built a castle on the mountaintop and used the Iwakuni River (the present Nishiki River) as the external moat. He built towns around the castle that he named Kuka, Yanai, Komeya (rice shop), Shio (salt), Zaimoku (lumber), Uomachi (fish), and Tofu (bean curd), which became known as the "Seven Cities of Iwakuni." These names are still used and have been designated as historic town names. The old houses with red grid-patterned doors and pillars and merchant houses with white walls bring back a glimpse of the past. The streets are arranged in a checkerboard, so that a visitor may easily find his or her way around.

Thanks to: Iwakuni City Tourist Office


Look Back a Bit
Look Back
a Bit
Main Street
Main
Street
Places to Visit
Places
to Visit
Special Places
Special
Places
Local Food
Local
Food
Festivals
Festivals
Arts and Crafts
Arts and
Crafts
A Local Celebrity
A Local
Celebrity

To Japanese


[ Hometown Homepage ]
This stamp guarantees the Accessibility Quality.