pix: Daniel O'Grady
福島氏1600 - 1619
浅野氏1619 - 1871
広島城Hiroshima Castle is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Rinkakushiki), and is located in Hiroshima Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Aki Province. It is associated with the Mōri, Asano clans. Dates in use: 1589 - 1874.
The castle was completely destroyed in WWII with the current main tower being a concrete reconstruction. Some supporting buildings have been rebuilt using traditional methods in recent years.
Mōri Terumoto, one of five samurai entrusted with ruling Japan after Toyomomi Hideyoshi's death, built this castle in 1591. In the battle of Sekigahara Terumoto, having sided with the losing side, had his lands greatly reduced and was forced to leave this castle for Hagi castle.
|1589||Mōri Terumoto started building the castle.|
|1599||The main tower was completed.|
|1600||Following he Battle of Sekigahara lost half of their lands, including this castle.|
|1619||The Asano Clan were stationed here.|
|1874||The castle was abandoned.|
|1945||The castle was destroyed by an atomic bomb.|
|1951||The castle was rebuilt using wood.|
|1957||The castle was rebuilt using concrete.|
|1994||The Nino Enclosure was rebuilt.|
|Site||National Historic Site|