Dec 8, 2016
Hiroshima is often associated with the atomic blast of 1945. Back then, most of Hiroshima-jo Castle, a fortress built in 1589 by the powerful feudal lord Mori Terumoto, was destroyed.
Today, I’m glad the castle has been reconstructed and it still stands majestically by the Ota River.
Inside, you can learn more about the castle’s rich history and discover the Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine – a Shinto shrine popular among devotees.
I recommend you go on a Sunday to catch dance performances by the Aki Hiroshima Bushotai (Hiroshima Castle Tourism PR Corps) at the outer citadel. The dancers are clad in military uniform.
Do note that admission to the outer citadel is free. However, if you want to enter the castle tower, it’ll cost 370 yen for adults, 180 yen for seniors above 65, 180 yen for high school students. Junior high students and younger children can still enjoy free entry.
One more thing: there are no toilet facilities in the castle tower, so please use the ones at the carpark before heading in!
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