If you are wondering where to go for a day tour in Hiroshima,
going to Hiroshima Castle is a good idea.
Hiroshima Castle is about 5 – 10 minutes walk from Peace Memorial Park,
so visiting these 2 sites all together is easy to do.
Hiroshima Castle is consited of 2 parts.
One is “HONMARU”(main compound) ,where lords attended to government affairs. It includes a Castle Tower.
This is a Castle Tower in HONMARU.
I’ll talk about HONMARU on this post.
Another one is “NINOMARU“(second compound”), where horses made sortie. It includes a Main gate.
This is Omotegomon (main gate) of NINOMARU.
I’ll talk about it on another post.
This is Uragomon(Rear Gate) of HONMARU in Hiroshima Castle.
After going through Uragomon, you’ll see a map of Hiroshima Castle (not beautiful…. but in English!).
Between the map and the castle tower, there are remains of Hiroshima Imperial Military Headquarters
In Edo Era, there was a palace where lords lived here.
But It was completely destroyed by fire in Meiji Era.
After that, Imperial Military Headquarters was established here during the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95.
It was very rare to have Headquarters in a castle in Japan.
But it was also completely destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945.
Next to the Imperial Military Headquarters, an old map on stele of Hiroshima Castle.
I like this elegance, so I’ve taken this picture.
Someone’s kid happened to be taken the picture. (not my son)
lavatory (restroom) in Hiroshima Castle. It’s designed like a castle.
You’d better use it before entering a castle tower, because the tower doesn’t have a lavatory.
The Castle Tower often holds an event in it.
This time, I went to “World of SAMURAI MASK”.
Hiroshima Castle Tower
The Castle Tower had 2 functions.
One was a defense mechanism.
Another was the symbol of authority.
You need 370 yen to enter.
(If you are under 12 years old, it’s free).
In the tower, many items are displayed.
There is also a “fitting room”.
You can try on Kimonos or Armors here.
The castle tower shows not only items, but also its history.
Mori Terumoto. first lord of Hiroshima Castle.
a grandson of Mori Motonari.
In his age, the name of “Hiroshima” was born.
“Hiroshima” was written for the first time on this Terumoto’s letter. (in 1589)
He united the Chugoku region (Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Tottori) and became a feudal lord.
Without him, “Hiroshima” couldn’t exist.
You can vist an event corner upstairs.
This time it’s “World of SAMURAI MASK”.
There are a lot of items that are not found in the other.
By all means I want you to check.
After checking all items of the event, you’ll reach a top of Hiroshima Castle Tower!
There is a telescope. (50 yen)
You can enjoy nice view from the top!
I spent about 1.5 hour to check all items and sites only in HONMARU.
If you check HONMARU & NINOMARU all together, it may take 2-3 hours to check.
There are many thing to see, so I recommend to go to Hiroshima Castle if you travel Hiroshima.
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