Budget travel tips
- Iwakuni is a nice place to stop off on the way to/from Hiroshima and Kyushu if travelling by train, or as a side trip from there.
- The White Snake Park, a rare snake species, is a 5 minute walk from the bridge.
How to get there
With the Japan Rail Pass
Take the Shinkansen to Shin-Iwakuni station (2 hours from Shin-Osaka). Take a frequently departing bus to Kintaikyo Bridge (15 mins, 300 yen).
Without a rail pass
From Hiroshima, take the JR Sanyo Line to Iwakuni station (50 mins, 760 yen). Take a frequently departing bus to Kintaikyo Bridge (20 mins, 300 yen).
Recommended hostels and cheap hotels
Backpackers Hostel K’s House Hiroshima
J-Hoppers Hiroshima Guesthouse