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Fukuyama Castle

An impressively recreated castle keep with excellent Shinkansen access.

Fukuyama Castle

When you arrive at Fukuyama on the  Sanyō Shinkansen, Fukuyama Castle looms very large through the windows of the platform, almost appearing as though the castle is part of the station. That’s because the city of Fukuyama stands at a strategic location on the old Sanyōdō highway beside the Inland Sea. The castle was built to guard the route, and today’s Shinkansen is built over the outer walls of the old castle.

The castle grounds are expansive, and from inside the castle grounds, the train station is largely invisible. The keep itself is at the northern end of the castle enclosure, while the watchtowers and gate that survive from the Edo period are to the south. The keep was destroyed by bombing in World War Two, and it’s been recreated in ferro concrete. The northern side of the keep is covered in black metal plates, contrasting handsomely with the white walls on the other three sides. The keep houses a museum documenting the history the castle. Due to its location on low ground, the castle can be glimpsed from many places in Fukuyama.

Within the castle grounds are the  Fukushima Museum of Art and the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History. Also within the grounds is a Japanese garden, the centrepiece of which is Fukuju Kaikan, a villa built in the early Shōwa period. It houses a tea shop and there’s a fine view of the castle keep from the second floor.


Nipponia Hotels offers a luxurious castle stay at Fukuyama Castle.


Name in Japanese: 福山城

Pronunciation: fuku-yama-jō

Address: 1 Chome-8-3 Marunouchi, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 720-0061

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