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Hiroshima Castle

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Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle once stood as an important center of power in Western Japan, with Hiroshima developing and thriving as a castle town. This castle is commonly referred to as the “Carp Castle” and is situated on a plain, rather than many castles built on hilltops or hillsides. Although Hiroshima Castle which was built in 1589 by the famous feudal Mori Clan remained standing after the Meiji Restoration, a time when many castles were demolished due to new regulations by the government. However, like many structures in Hiroshima, the castle was destroyed by the destructive nuclear blasts during 1945. Today, this reconstructed ferro-concrete with a unique wooden exterior can be explored by visitors acting as a perfect example of castles from the Azuchi- Momoyama period in Japan. The main castle is now a museum providing guests with information about Hiroshima Prefecture’s history, along with a panoramic view of the beautiful city on the top floor. Visitors can also stroll along the castle site and take notice to the attention of detail put into the restoration efforts on the defensive moats, gates, and castle turrets.