## A spectacular set of buildings stretching over an equally beautiful setting
The original castle on Innoshima is believed to have been little more than a shelter from rough seas and bad weather. The current building, constructed in 1983, is far more grandiose. But while the building is contemporary, the artifacts held inside the museum map out a long, rich history.
The castle was one of the bases of operation for a pirate organization during the Warring States Period, around 500 years ago
The foot of the castle houses Konren-ji Temple, the pirates' gravesite
Innoshima Suigun Castle is accessible by car and bus.
Take the bus from JR Onomichi Station toward Innoshima Habu Port. Get off at the Kanamebashi stop and transfer to the bus headed toward Ohama. The Suigun Castle stop is about a 10-minute walk away from the main buildings.
If you are driving, the nearest interchange is Innoshimakita. From there, the castle is just a few minutes away.
Innoshima was once the home of the Murakami Suigun, a dominant naval force that existed outside the control of the local shogunate. At the castle and museum, you can learn about their long, bloody history and why many in the area feared them. You can also take in the views of the sea while you are there.