Iwakuni (岩国), a small city of 150,000 people in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is best known for Kintai Bridge (錦帯橋, Kintai-kyo), a historical wooden arch bridge. The original bridge at this site, spanning the beautiful Nishiki River in a series of five wooden arches, dates back to 1673 — today’s bridge is based on a precise reconstruction that was completed in 1953. Adjacent to the bridge is Kikko Park, a beautiful green space including fountains, ponds, museums and a shrine.
Beautiful year-round, Iwakuni is particularly attractive during the cherry blossom season. This post presents a selection of 10 photos that I took there during that very time of the year.