Hiroshima Castle: A Cool Little Replica
The castle grounds were used as army barracks during the war, making it a target for US forces. What remained of the castle (already reduced after the Meiji Restoration) was destroyed in the atomic blast.
What You Can See There
Today’s castle is a recreation built in 1958. What sets it apart from other recreated castles is the amount of solid English-language information provided to visitors.
Before Hiroshima castle was built, the Hiroshima was called Gokamura, meaning “Five Villages.”
The castle’s story is intertwined with the formation of Hiroshima, giving a slice of history overlooked in comparison to Hiroshima’s wartime history.
There are good views of the city from the top of the five-storey castle tower, and the grounds within the moat are a pleasant place to walk. Three of the trees within the castle walls survived the Atomic Blast to this day; a eucalyptus, a willow and a holly.
Is it Worth Visiting?
While not the most breathtaking castle in Japan, Hiroshima Castle is worth a visit if you have extra time on your hands.
- March – November: 9:00am – 6:00pm – Admission ends at 5:30pm
- December – February: 9:00am – 5:00pm – Admissions ends at 4:30pm
- December 29th – 31st: Closed
- Adults: 370 yen
- High school students and senior citizens (65 or older): 180 yen
- Junior high school students and younger: Free
How to Get There
From JR Hiroshima Station: Walk to the Hiroshima Electric Railway Station located in front of the JR Hiroshima Station.
Take either the number 2 or 6 tram (headed to Eba or Hiroden Miyajima-guchi, respectively)
Get off at either Kamiyacho-nishi stop, or Kamiyacho-higashi stop (14 minutes, 160 yen each way). Hiroshima Castle is a 15 minute walk from either stop.
For more information, check out the Hiroshima tourism site here.
Top Attractions in Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Itsukushima (Miyajima Island)
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium
The Former Bank of Japan (Kyu-Nichi-Gin)