Tue, Apr

Kintaikyo Bridge Festival

9:00am – 3:00pm

Taking place every year on the birthday of Showa-Emperor Hirohito, this festival has parades, processions, and even a flea market.

Forced to spend alternate years in the ancient capital, the Daimyo (local lords) would create grandiose displays to outdo each other, and this festival’s highlight is a reenactment of their return home across the bridge.

What happens?

A stunning sight on a regular day, the Kintaikyo bridge is an impressive stage for the procession, which features residents as well as representatives from the local US military base — all in traditional Edo-costume. As they make their way across the bridge, another team of locals in samurai armor demonstrate a small battle with guns from the times, so there’s plenty to see. There will be plenty of food stalls too, so be sure to try the local specialty of Iwakuni sushi — a pretty, square variety pressed together in a traditional box.

Find out what else makes Iwakuni special.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Recommended hotels located nearby