“The Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine” is strongly associated with carp.

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine has the highest number of visitors during the New Year in the Chugoku area. It’s a relatively new shrine and was built in 1872 to enshrine the dead from the Boshin War. Since then, about 90,000 spirits have been enshrined up until the Pacific War began.


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One outstanding shrine in the Chugoku area

We dropped by Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine to write an article about Hiroshima. It’s more than 100 years old, but very neatly organized. Once you step inside, there is a bronze statue of a carp that welcomes you. If you pray beside the carp, you’ll feel your hope rising up to heaven like a carp jumping up a waterfall. Please try praying when you come here. Morishita, a member of Tadaima Japan was praying longer than usual here. The feature of this shrine is carp. There are charms colored like carp as well as many other keepsakes related to carp. This castle is inside Hiroshima Castle’s fortress and is called the shrine of carp.

Praying
Our Film Editor Morishita, intensely praying.

The average wins for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team went up by 10%!?

You’ll find many visitors at Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine, including groups of visitors. The most well known group is the professional baseball team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. They started visiting in 1958 for two reasons, their average games won was low and their new stadium was established in 1957 in an area largely devastated by the war. Their winning rate rose by 10% and their average rank became 1.5. Don’t you think it might be good fortune from the Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine?

A bronze statue of carp.

The bronze statue of carp.
It is said that your wish will come true if you stroke the carp while making a wish.

It will keep caring for visitors.

Some of the enshrined spirits are the dead from the atomic bomb on August 6th, 1945. The bomb also damaged Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine, but some parts, like it’s Torii gate, remained in tact. It was a real important landmark for people to navigate through the city at the time. The shrine was largely renovated after the war, which left most of nothing. The only things that remain from the war are the Torii gate on the east side, Komainu, and stone lanterns. The shrine is still watching over us today.

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

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21-2 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima Prefecture

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Kenichiro Asai

Kenichiro Asai

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Information

Address 21-2 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hours (Office)9:00~16:30
Access 10 min by taxi and bus from JR Hiroshima station
Phone 082-221-5590
Website http://www.h-gokoku.or.jp/