Hiroshima Castle

Attraction 21-1 Motomachi Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0011 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
02:00 PM
03:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Landmark
Scenic
Must see
Kids
3.42 - 0.03 USD

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Hiroshima castle is a typical flat castle that was constructed by Mori Terumoto, who was one of the most significant servants ("Godairo") of Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

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Why Hiroshima Castle is special ?

Terumoto Mori, a powerful feudal lord whose domain once covered much of the Chugoku Region, began construction on Hiroshima Castle in the year Tensho 17 (1589), choosing for it a location with convenient access to both water and land transportation. At that time, large-scale construction work commenced on the castle structures, including its stone walls and fences, towers and keep, as well as the surrounding castle town. Although Mori would later be demoted by the Tokugawa Shogunate after the Battle of Sekigahara, Hiroshima Castle continued to be maintained throughout the Edo Period by successive feudal lords, from Masanori Fukushima to Nagaakira Asano, whose clan would control the castle, and with it the domain, for twelve generations. The original castle keep and several other structures remained through the Meiji Period, but, unfortunately, the castle was completely destroyed in the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. The castle keep was rebuilt in the year Showa 33 (1958) and made into a museum introducing Hiroshima's history through assorted informational materials and scale models. The museum currently holds special exhibitions roughly seven times per year, as well as various other activities meant to raise awareness of Hiroshima and Hiroshima's history. Additionally, reconstruction of the wooden outer citadel was completed in Heisei 6 (1994), and, at the same time, the castle's stone walls and inner fences, which had remained intact since before the Edo Period, were designated as historic sites.


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What to explore at Hiroshima Castle?

In more recent restoration efforts, some structures of the Ninomaru, the castle's second circle of defense, were reconstructed using original building methods and materials. They include the castle's main gate and two turrets adjoined by a long storehouse. Visitors can enter the buildings and view exhibits about their reconstruction.

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How to get to Hiroshima Castle?

The castle is a ten minute walk from Kamiyacho-nishi or Kamiyacho-higashi tram stop (12 minutes, 160 yen from Hiroshima Station by lines 1, 2 or 6). It is also a ten minute walk from Shukkeien or a 15-minute walk from the Peace Park.

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Selling points

  • Main Castel in Hiroshima
  • Great views from the top
  • beautiful grounds
  • Impressive castle, great history
  • Nice castle with a good museum inside
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
78.00 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
14 places

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21-1 Motomachi Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0011 Japan

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Tips for you

  • The castle can be reached using the free buses from the train station.
    Transportation
  • The top floor allows visitors to go outside on a narrow ledge and take pictures of the city.
    Things to do
  • There are bathrooms on the grounds and a few food stalls.
    Service
  • Bicycles for rental can be found just outside Hiroshima Castle.
    Service
  • The woodwork inside is beautifully done.
    What to see
  • Displays of Samurai warrior armour and traditional dress are very interesting.
    What to see
  • You have to take off your shoes at the entrance prior to walking around inside.
    Rule
  • Photography is generally not allowed inside.
    Rule
  • This is a multi-level building with lots of historical information on the feudal lords.
    What to know

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TripAdvisor View more

I assume this is the castel Castel principal in Hiroshima, a large area, and shows the strength of their defense in the past, in addition to castel is surrounded by a moat that is certainly not easily penetrated by the other party in case of attack. Complete their facilities in the past we can see from the existing building heritage and still maintained to this day. I strongly encourage you to visit it. Prepare entry ticket of 370 yen per person.

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The "castle" is actually a guard tower --the last defense if the palace fell. The clearest English placards I've seen in any castle, but you can skip this if you've seen it all before.

It was a spur of the moment decision to visit Hiroshima Castle and I'm extremely happy we did. We waited until late afternoon ( after 3 ) to head out because we had just arrived in Hiroshima from Fukuoka and after checking in, unpacking, getting lunch and cooling down, the timing worked out perfectly. We took a cab ( ¥1020 from the Sheraton ) because with 3 year old twins in tow the subway really isn't as time efficient as one might hope, plus there isn't a subway stop nearby. To get to the castle, you need to take the bus (get off at the Hiroshima Bus Center or the Kamiya-cho stop) or streetcar (get off at Kamiya-cho-higashi or Kamiya-cho-nisi) then WALK 15 minutes to the castle (in the HEAT). In contrast, the cab ride took less than 10 minutes and it was A/C. Speed . . . . . . CHECK! Comfort . . . . . . CHECK !! The area surrounding the castle was interesting with paths which took you through the ruins of the original castle grounds (including the moat, towers, turrets, gates, etc.), To me, however, this was nothing compared to the castle itself. It was BEAUTIFUL !! The wood and tile pagoda was rebuilt in 1958 after the atomic bomb leveled the original on August 6, 1945. The admission is ¥360 for adults and the rug rats were FREE (there are also discounts for seniors and students). Bear in mind, there are NO elevators inside so the climb up to the observation platform on the 5th floor might not be for those that are horribly out of shape. For me ( being OBESE by HMSA standards ) it was fine, well except for the achy knees because I ended up throwing the heaviest my two twin daughters on my shoulders for the trip down. The stairs are SUPER steep, so be careful. Each floor has informative displays related to the castle (including samurai armor and swords) which gives you a short break between each flight of stairs. FYI no photos are allowed inside ( I'm pretty sure that's not enforced though ) Hiroshima Castle is a fascinating place to visit if you're interested in history or architecture (or if you just like castles and samurai).

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