What to Expect
A wonderfully relaxed day starting with a quiet stroll through the peaceful gardens (a rare experience in Japan these days) of Mitaki Temple. After that, we’ll head to Kintaikyo Bridge. It's a one hour drive but we will stop along the way for sushi. From the restaurant, it’s a short drive to the Kintaikyo Bridge and environs that include temples, shrines dating back to the feudal Edo period, museums and a lovely park.
- Choko-kan Museum: This museum focuses on articles of everyday life, and also features some scroll paintings and displays on Kintaikyo Bridge.
- Kikkawa Museum: This small museum displays the possessions of the Kikkawa family, which includes documents, swords, and weapons. closed Wednesdays
- Iwakuni Art Museum: This museum's collection includes glassware, samurai armor, ceramics, and the furniture of Iwakuni's feudal lords. closed Thursdays (following day if
Thursday is a national holiday)
From there we have the option of heading (20 min drive) up into the hills to the traditional and very novel restaurant Irori Sanzoku (aka the Chicken Shack) for a light meal before returning you to your hotel.
**If you are arriving for a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, I will be happy to recommend your best inbound train schedule and make return bookings for you.