Hiroshima Castle 広島城
A castle that has seen tragedy and violence now offers tranquil views of Hiroshima
Although the castle that now overlooks Hiroshima City is a replica built in 1958, the original fortress has a history spanning centuries. Built in the late 1500s, it predates the city itself.
The castle is now a museum that records the history of the city prior to the atomic bombing and is a faithful representation of the structure it replaced.
It is also known as Carp Castle
The foundations of the castle are 12.4 meters high, and the castle itself is another 26.6 meters high
Hiroshima Castle is a relatively rare flat plains castle; most castles in Japan are built on high ground
How to Get There
You can reach the castle by tram or train.
It is a 10-15 minute walk from the Peace Park , or you can get the tram to Kamiyacho-nishi or Kamiyacho-higashi tram stop and walk five to 10 minutes from there.
A new castle that honors the past
The castle grounds are on the very edge of the blast area of the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Although it did not feel the full force of the explosion, shockwaves destroyed the lower struts and supports of the castle, causing the building to collapse.
The style of the new castle stays close to the original, but it employs contemporary building techniques. The keep at the top has a balcony running outside, offering panoramic views of the city and surrounding area.
Three special trees
The castle did not survive the bombing, but three trees did. Inside the castle walls you can find a holly, eucalyptus, and willow tree, which were only between 740 and 910 meters from the center of the blast.
These iconic trees are now symbols of the city's strength and ability to survive and flourish even after a truly devastating event.
Great views, amazing history
The castle, which was built in a very strategic position, was once surrounded by two moats—one of which survives—fed by the nearby Ota River, which in turn surrounds the castle on three sides. The strategic location now gives tourists a great view of the city and surrounding area.