Japan Hiroshima Higashi

Anrakuji Temple

Survivor of Hiroshima’s darkest day, home to a centuries-old ginkgo sentinel

Photo of Anrakuji Temple, Japan (広島県府中市の安楽寺 by OS6)

Anrakuji Temple in Hiroshima is a site of historical importance with a rich history. The temple, with a lineage tracing back around five centuries, stands as a symbol of perseverance amidst the adversities it has faced. Its main hall, marked by burns and a tilt indicative of its past afflictions, is a notable stop for visitors on Hiroshima’s Futabanosato Historical Walking Trail, serving as a point of reflection on the temple’s resilience during the atomic bombing and subsequent events.

About Anrakuji Temple

Established nearly 500 years ago, Anrakuji Temple has been a silent witness to Japan’s dynamic history. It is a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, which left the city in ruins. Although the temple was damaged, its main hall and gate managed to withstand the blast.

The present main hall of Anrakuji Temple is not its initial construction but rather a result of efforts to rebuild the structure in 1788 after a fire in 1758 destroyed the former building. This standing hall, while not the original, has become historically significant as it shows the effects of the atomic bomb, now leaning slightly from the explosion’s impact.

A notable feature of the temple grounds is a venerable ginkgo tree, believed to be around 350 years old. This tree has become an emblem of endurance, reportedly having played a role in protecting the main hall during the bombing by shielding the temple from the explosive shockwave. Its grandeur is visible in both its size and its symbolic standing in local narratives.

As part of the Futabanosato Historical Walking Trail, Anrakuji Temple offers visitors a chance to connect with Hiroshima’s layered historical narrative. The temple’s inclusion in this trail highlights its cultural importance to the region.

While exploring Anrakuji Temple, the ginkgo tree commands attention for its age and the tales associated with it. The temple’s structures, scarred by the events of the past, also invite examination. These elements contribute to the temple’s character, making it a place for both historical appreciation and reflective thought.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Anrakuji Temple


Hiroden Hakushima
 Hiroden Route 9

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)

 Astram Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.0km)

JR Hiroshima
 Hiroden Route 1 + 5 more

 20-30 minute walk (1.9km)

 Hiroden Route 2 + 3 more

 20-30 minute walk (2.0km)

 Hiroden Route 6 + 3 more

 20-30 minute walk (2.1km)
G R03

 Hiroshima Sanyo Main Line + 2 more

 20-30 minute walk (2.4km)

Around Anrakuji Temple

Anrakuji Temple

Buddhist Temple in Hiroshima

open 9am - 5pm
closed Irregularly


安楽寺, 広島

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