Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Return (Day 9) Iwakuni

We took a local train to Iwakuni (just inside Yamaguchi prefecture) famous for Kintai-kyo, a picturesque 5-arched wooden bridge built in 1673 and washed away by flood in 1950.

With typical Japanese ingenuity, a perfect replica was erected by 1953, complete with disguised  internal reinforcements.

We crossed the Kintai-kyo Bridge to the old Samurai Quarter and climbed the hill to the reconstructed Iwakuni Castle originally built from 1603 - 8.

Trained monkey performing in the park by the old Samurai Quarter.

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