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Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima CastleHiroshima Castle is located about 1.5 km west of Hiroshima station.
It is located about 1 km northeast of Genbaku Dome.

From the 14th to the 16th centuries, the castle in this area was in the mountain to the north of current Hiroshima city.
The purpose was the guard on the route between Seto Inland Sea side and the Sea of Japan side.
But to build the castle town with business districts and a port, Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 at the current place.
Then the castle town has developed as Hiroshima city since that.

The nickname of Hiroshima Castle is "Carp Castle".
On the west side of this castle, there is a district named Koi. Koi means "carp".
Or, there are many carps in the moats of the castle.
It is said that the naming came from such reasons.

After the end of feudal period in 1868, the new Meiji Government demolished many castles in Japan because the castles were unnecessary for the modern state.
Fortunately, this castle was preserved, and it was designated as a national treasure.
But the A-bomb in 1945 destroyed this castle completely.

Current castle tower was rebuilu in 1958.
The inside of the castle tower is the museum of history.

How to get to here

By streetcar

By street car with route No. 1, 2 or 6, about 18 minutes from Hiroshima station to Kamiyacho-higashi or Kamiyacho-nishi stop.
About 15 minutes walk from there.




Hiroshima Castle ©JNTO
The gate to the castle
In spring
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South side of the castle tower North side of the castle tower

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