Hiroshima Castle: Rebuilt from the Ashes

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.

Hiroshima Castle

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.”  

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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Louise first arrived in Japan in 2003 as a JET Programme participant, intending to stay for just one year. She had no idea she would end up spending eleven years exploring the country that has become her second home. Although able to navigate the big metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka with ease, Louise's real love is rural life, spending six years in beautiful Shimane prefecture. Now back in her native New Zealand, Louise is exploring her passion for writing.

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