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Hiroshima Castle

The Historical Seat of Power in Western Japan

Photo of Hiroshima Castle, Japan (452A4841.jpg by Bo Mertz)

Hiroshima Castle, also known as Carp Castle, is a prominent symbol of Japan’s feudal past and resilience after wartime destruction. Built between 1589 and 1599 by the daimyo Mori Terumoto, this flatland castle (hirajiro) was an essential center of power in western Japan. The castle has been involved in various significant events, such as the repositioning of lords after the Battle of Sekigahara. It was destroyed by the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, but was rebuilt in 1958. Now, it houses a museum that offers insights into the history of Hiroshima, the impact of the atomic bomb, and the castle’s past.

About Hiroshima Castle

The current Hiroshima Castle is a ferro-concrete construction, with a wooden exterior that respects traditional Japanese architecture. The five-story main tower offers views of the city, merging historical context with modern landscapes. The castle grounds, including Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine and several survivor trees from the bombing, serve as living memorials to resilience.

Inside, the museum presents Hiroshima’s history, the castle’s military role, its various ruling clans, and the post-war reconstruction. Visitors can examine the reconstructed Ninomaru area with its main gate, turrets, and a storehouse, all using traditional methods and materials. These provide an authentic view of the castle’s original design.

The castle grounds have been converted into a park, complete with a moat, offering a space for reflection on the castle’s transformation from a military stronghold to a place of peace. Visitors can explore quieter areas like the Obikuruwa for a contrasting view of Hiroshima’s modernity against historical elements.

Hiroshima Castle represents the city’s historical importance and recovery. It stands as a reminder of war’s impact and a celebration of Japanese culture. Visitors are invited to take in the history within its walls and contemplate Hiroshima’s narrative of rebirth.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Hiroshima Castle


Hiroden Katei Saibansho-mae
 Hiroden Route 9

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)

 Astram Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.0km)
G R02

 Hiroshima Sanyo Main Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.2km)

 Hiroden Route 1 + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)

Hiroden Kamiya-cho-nishi
 Hiroden Route 2 + 4 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)

Hiroden Kamiya-cho-higashi
 Hiroden Route 6 + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)

Around Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle

Castle in Hiroshima

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