Iwakuni is a castle town shaped by two eras of military presence -- the samurai who walked the mighty Kintai-kyo bridge, and the U.
S. Marine Corps base in the city today.
As with much of the Chugoku region, the history of Iwakuni begins with the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The Iwakuni han chose the wrong side, and were banished to the wilds of western Japan as punishment. One family, the Kikkawa, built a castle to mark their new seat of power, but it was torn down... (more)
As with much of the Chugoku region, the history of Iwakuni begins with the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The Iwakuni han chose the wrong side, and were banished to the wilds of western Japan as punishment. One family, the Kikkawa, built a castle to mark their new seat of power, but it was torn down by imperial edict only seven years later. Nevertheless, the feudal lords of Iwakuni continued to enjoy power and prosperity for nearly three centuries, surrounded by loyal samurai retainers.
The Japanese Navy built a military air station in Iwakuni in 1940, which also marked its official incorporation as a city. After World War II, the air station was occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force; American forces began using it during the Korean War, and it became an official U.S. military base in 1952.
While the military base works to maintain good relations with the community, it's still a source of some tension -- mostly noise complaints and a few ugly incidents with Marines stationed at the base. But its presence as a bulwark against North Korea means that nobody is exactly keen to see it go, either.
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everything. Josephine and Julianne were born here.
. I loved living in Iwakuni. If you are traveling with the military, my advice is.... Get off base as much as possible. This is real traditional Japan. Something you can't find anywhere else.
. very nice
. Iwakuni, is very small town, that the locals are very friendly!
Did a 2 year tour!. Had my third child here and made friends for life.
small place but nice. good food
iwakuni marine base. i only went to the base and didnt get off the plane
. except for touring Hiroshima, Iwakuni sucked
i was there for 6 months on a deployment. personaly i loved japan, japan was alot of fun. how many people can say they went snowboarding on mizuho. or climbed to the top of myijima and drank sweet sake at the shack at the top and thats the only place i have ever found sweet sake. i went partying in hiroshima and all around iwakuni. ate some great food like john jockas, even fresh sushi. id have to say my favorite by far is yakisoba! and at american places like burger king you can get a whoper cooked in teriyaki sause for 80 cent more. im an ordie so i have to go to the ever so famous ordnance bar at 5 points and put my name on a dollar bill an posted it up on the wall and drank some boogie woogie's they are awesome and will sneak up on you lol. i went to the kinati bridge and climbed up to the top where the kintai castle is that is a great view of all of japan and so is at the top of myijima!
JV Basketball. Played JV for E.J King in Sasebo, always made it down to play Iwakuni..and still to this day i dislike
Worked at a U.S. Marine Base.... Made cool friends, that defend our country.
SIX OF MY FAVORITE YEARS. GREAT TIMES
MCAS. military deployment, worst yet, went to horishima though that was neat, and a couple of the empire buildings and such
USMC. Drank a lot.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. I was stationed here in 1991-92.
Deployment. I was deployed there for 6 months from July 2000 - Jan 2001. I absolutely loved it there and I was able to get into alot of "No gai-jin" places due to my local girlfriend (who I continued to date over a year after returning).