Hiroshima Castle: Rebuilt from the Ashes

Hiroshima Castle:  A Cool Little Replica

Hiroshima Castle

 

What You Can See There

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.

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.”  Hiroshima Castle - Gate

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.Hiroshima Castle - Night Illumination

 

Opening Times

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

 

Admission Fees

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.Hiroshima Castle - Night Gate

For more information, check out the Hiroshima tourism site here.

 

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum - Picture
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park - A -Bomb Dome Whole
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima - Miyajima
Miyajima Island
Hiroshima Castle - Far View
Hiroshima Castle
Shukkeien Garden - Bridge
Shukkeien Garden
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum - Slanted Shot
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium - Baseball Game Night Original
Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium
The Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch
The Former Bank of Japan (Kyu-Nichi-Gin)

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