The white snakes
Kintai Bridge might be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Iwakuni, but there are many other attractions in the area.
This month, I’d like to introduce to you the white snakes of Iwakuni, which as their name suggests, you will only find living in the Iwakuni area.
With white bodies and red eyes, these snakes are albinos. This albinism has continued genetically, making them a very rare case, and causing their habitat and later the snakes themselves to be designated a Natural Treasure of Japan.
They have long been considered to be good luck, and you can now see them in multiple viewing rooms in Iwakuni.
There is even a hero character modeled after the white snake. Named Hakujao, meaning “White Snake King,” he is said to protect Iwakuni City and Yamaguchi Prefecture.
You might even have seen him at a local event or visiting a kindergarten or daycare for a hero show. He’s so popular that he is getting his own movie!