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Hiroshima Castle [1/2] a modern castle built by Terumoto Mori and expanded by Fukushima Masanori.

Hiroshima Castle [1/2] a modern castle built by Terumoto Mori and expanded by Fukushima Masanori.

Hiroshima Castle is a castle of the need for a modern castle when he saw Hideyoshi’s great Sakashiro, and was built as a substitute for Yamashiro-gun fortress. It was maintained by the Fukushima Masanori which became lord after Sekigahara. Although the major buildings such as tower were still set up at one time as an army facility by the Decree of the abolition of the Meiji era, it was destroyed by the atomic bombing of the late war. It was restored appearance as a history museum in 1958. The water moat and the stone wall of the surrounding Honmaru remain beautifully, and the appearance restored structure is lined up.

Basic Data >
Name: Hiroshima Castle (Wikipedia) (aka: Koi Castle [Rijo])
● Location: Hiroshima-shi ( map )
-Castle: Terumoto Mori, Masanori Fukushima
Completion: 1592 (Genroku year)
-Remains: stone wall, Cornerstone, moat
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.73 ( list )

Link: Hiroshima Castle visit One , two .

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The present Hiroshima Castle is surrounded by uchibori, and it is necessary to enter from the Southwest front gate or the East back gate to admission. It enters from the front gate this time. It is about 15 minutes walk from JR Hiroshima Station. The large tower gate adjacent to the Flat tower (the center of the Tower) and the Taiko Tower (the two-layer tower in the right back) are connected by the Tammon Tower, Hiroshima Castle Omotesando.

From front gate. The bridge in front is The Mikado Bridge. It is a good impression from before entering it has been clean maintenance and operation is not a single waste. According to the explanatory board, some of the columns are using a thousand-year-old cypress. The style that the pillar of the second floor tower part is shown as it is from the outside is called an ancient style (“Makabe (Shinabe-Zukuri)”) as Tower Gate.

A signboard of the ruins of Hiroshima Castle site in front of Mikado Bridge. I’ll check the walking route because the whole picture is on. The islets across the gate are Ninomaru.

Ninomaru, the monument of Mikado. Based on the measurement map and a number of old photographs created in Showa 9, the figure of old times is reproduced by the method of the old way on the cornerstone of the pillar. It is a method like the sample of the restoration work exactly.

It enters the Ninomaru from the front gate. It seems to be able to enter in the tower group which was seen from the outside of the moat. I try to enter from the flat tower.

This is a drum tower of two layers. There is an entrance here, but it seems not to put it.

The monument of the Flat tower, Tammon Tower and Taiko Tower. This is also restored based on the actual figures and old photographs.

Into the flat tower. In the space of 8 tatami mats, the original letter ” Three child Lessons ” (reproduction), which became the origin of the story of “Three Arrows”, is exhibited. On the wall is a panel exhibition on Hiroshima Castle and Mori family. There was an elaborate model of the tower gate and the flat tower, too.

One of the exhibition panels in the flat tower. It is said that Terumoto, who climbed Hideyoshi’s great Sakashiro Tower, was surprised at the prosperity of the castle town and decided to abandon the long-standing castle ( Yoshida-gun Yamashiro ), which was the medieval fortress, to build Heijo’s New Castle (Hiroshima Castle) and Castle town.

Killer whale of the first restoration Tower (Showa 33). According to the description, the restoration was not detailed without killer whale drawings, etc., it is said that the killer whale to ride the muscle Iron Mikado (extant) of Fukuyama Castle was made reference. The first killer whale was damaged by a typhoon in 1991 (there is certainly no tail), the second generation is also damaged again in the 2001 earthquake, now tower to ride the third generation killer whale.

Go to the Drum tower at the back through the Tammon tower. The Mouri family crest “Three stars in a single letter” and Taiko are on display. According to the explanation board, at that time, there was a drum on the second floor of the tower, so it sounded like a gate opening and closing and a signal to the castle in the morning and evening. Sometimes the drums are small and the time is wrong! There was also an interesting episode that was also written. What kind of punishment did the person who made the mistake have been punished?

Inside the Tammon tower. The pillar is a plain wood bare, and a thick beam goes through the head, and it is indeed powerful. A restoration model of the related castle such as the Yoshida Koriyama Castle is exhibited in the Tammon tower.

Ninomaru out of the tower. Ninomaru Trail Explanation Board. The horse which exists on the line which connects the Honmaru and the outside certainly in the shape of Ninomaru is unusual although there is an image which exists alone in the moat like the Shino Yamashiro as for horse putting out.

Ninomaru Live Now, big tree of eucalyptus from prewar days. It is called an exposed tree because it overcame the atomic bomb, and it remains three including eucalyptus in the castle.

Dobashi heading to Honmaru beyond the Uchibori from Ninomaru. The tree that grows in the left back of the bridge is one of the bombed trees.

Honmaru The entrance of the gate. Some of the colors of the stones are changed by the traces that were discolored by the fire.

Honmaru (lower). It is used as a parking lot of Hiroshima Goken Shrine which enshrined in the castle (it seems to be able to enter the car directly from the back gate of the east side).

Honmaru See Uchibori and Ninomaru Dobashi from the turret ruins in the southeast. The white tent group in the Ninomaru is the Hiroshima Castle large Chrysanthemum exhibition. Ninomaru would be full view from the Honmaru side without this.

Remains on the south side of the Honmaru, the air defense operation Room of the Chinese Military District headquarters (underground communication room) traces. It is not possible to enter, but a memorial and an explanation board are erected.

Explanation Board of the Chinese Military District command. It is said that the concrete operation command room which was in the half underground barely remains, and the schoolgirl of the student mobilization told the first report of the atomic bomb though the wooden building in the castle was destroyed all at a moment when dropping the atomic bomb.

The great Torii of Hiroshima Gotai Shrine enshrined in the castle.

To the upper Honmaru on the north side of Honmaru. Monument to the “historic Site of Hiroshima Castle” in front of daihonying vestibular.

It remains in the upper Honmaru, Hiroshima daihonoying mark. It is collapsed by the atomic bomb, and only the pedestal remains. The “historical” part of the stone monument has been erased, it was treated historical in the former preservation method before the war, but because it was not covered by the New Protection Act after the war. In addition, “historical” is the former law of pre-war, “historical sites” notation in the current law.

The explanation version of the Hiroshima daimotoying mark. Sino at the time, says Emperor Meiji had been staying here for seven months.

In the northwest of Hiroshima daihonoying, there is a space where you can overlook the cornerstone of the former tower (relocated from tower) and the current tower. The stone wall in the right back is the East small tower. The Hiroshima Castle Tower has the East small tower and the South small tower, but it collapses by the atomic bomb, only tower is rebuilt now, and only the tower of the small tower remains.

Continue to climb the tower.

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Date of Visit: November, 2013
Imaging Equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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