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Hiroshima Castle (L“‡ι, Hiroshimajō), also called the Carp Castle, is a good example of a castle built on a plain in the center of a city as opposed to hilltop and mountaintop castles. Its main keep is five stories tall, and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. Also within the castle's precincts are a shrine, some ruins and a few reconstructed buildings of the Ninomaru (second circle of defense).

Hiroshima developed as a castle town, whereby the castle was both the physical and economical center of the city. Built in 1589 by the powerful feudal lord Mori Terumoto, Hiroshima Castle was an important seat of power in western Japan. While it was spared the demolishment that many other castles met during the Meiji Period, like the rest of the city, Hiroshima Castle was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945.

Thirteen years later, its main keep was rebuilt in ferro-concrete with an attractive, partially wooden exterior. Inside the keep is an informative museum on Hiroshima's and the castle's history and Japanese castles in general, while panoramic views of the surrounding city can be enjoyed from the top floor.

In more recent restoration efforts, some structures of the Ninomaru, the castle's second circle of defense, were reconstructed using original building methods and materials. They include the castle's main gate and two turrets adjoined by a long storehouse. Visitors can enter the buildings and view exhibits about their reconstruction.

Getting there and around

The castle is a ten minute walk from Kamiyacho-nishi or Kamiyacho-higashi tram stop (12 minutes, 190 yen from Hiroshima Station by lines 1, 2 or 6, 220 yen from November 2022). It is also a ten minute walk from Shukkeien or a 15-minute walk from the Peace Park.

Alternatively, the castle is served by the orange and lemon routes of the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Meipuru-pu). The ride from Hiroshima Station takes six minutes, and there are about two buses per hour.

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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hiroshima, within 2.5 km of Myoei-ji Temple and 2.6 km of Atomic Bomb Dome, Roku Hostel Hiroshima offers accommodation with a bar and a garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is located 2.9 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, 3 km from Chosho-in Temple and 3.2 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the guest house all rooms have a shared bathroom. Guests at Roku Hostel Hiroshima can enjoy an American breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace. Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue is 3.4 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima, while Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History is 3.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 50 km from the guest house.
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    • 36hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 2-minute walk from Tokaichi-Machi Tram Station, 36hostel offers accommodation with free WiFi. JR Hiroshima Station is 20 minutes by tram, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is an 8-minute walk. All guest rooms have air conditioning. Each bunk bed in a dormitory room is fitted with a privacy curtain, electrical socket, reading light and safety deposit box. Shared shower rooms include free toiletries. Towels can be rented for a fee. You will find a shared lounge with various books and a refrigerator. There are also an electric kettle, microwave and toaster. Hiroshima Castle is a 20-minute stroll from 36hostel, while JR Miyajima-guchi Station is 30 minute by train. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 43 km from 36hostel.
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    • KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Ideally situated in Hiroshima, KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.8 km from Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center, 1.9 km from Chosho-in Temple and 1.9 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS the rooms include bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from the hotel.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae
      Luxury
      A 5-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae offers rooms with air conditioning in Hiroshima. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy city views. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Chosho-in Temple is 1.9 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guesthouse Akicafe Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 3-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station, Guesthouse Akicafe Inn offers simple dormitory accommodation with a lounge and free-use kitchen. Itfs a 10-minute walk from Mazda Baseball Stadium and a 20-minute tram ride away from the Peace Memorial Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. The guesthouse is equipped with 2 shower booths with free toiletries. Towels can be borrowed with extra charge. The common lounge area is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring, a low table. Washing machines can be used at a charge. Refurbished air-conditioned rooms come with wooden-flooring and bunk beds. Akicafe Inn Guesthouse is a 1-minute walk away from the nearest Enkoubashi-cho tram stop. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the area on their own. There are plenty of dining options nearby. No meals are served at the property.
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    • WeBase Hiroshima
      Mid-range
      Located in Hiroshima, within less than 1 km of Atomic Bomb Dome and a 12-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, WeBase Hiroshima provides accommodation with a shared lounge, and free WiFi. The property is set 2 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, 2.1 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and 2.8 km from Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Myoei-ji Temple, Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center and Chosho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from WeBase Hiroshima.
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    • Hotel Intergate Hiroshima
      Mid-range
      Ideally situated in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, Hotel Intergate Hiroshima is situated 1.3 km from Myoei-ji Temple, 1.3 km from Atomic Bomb Dome and 1.6 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. The rooms have a private bathroom with a bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Hotel Intergate Hiroshima can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Chosho-in Temple is 1.7 km from the accommodation, while Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue is 2.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from Hotel Intergate Hiroshima.
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    • Hiroshima Guesthouse HARU
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in February 2017, Hiroshima Guesthouse HARU is situated in Hiroshima, a 15-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station. Each bed comes with a power outlet, reading lamp and curtain to ensure privacy. For guest's comfort, there is a small fan for ventilation. A flat-screen TV, DVD player and Nintendo Wii are available for guest's use in the shared lounge. Some Japanese comic books are also available for reading. The shared kitchen is equipped with a coffee machine. Bathroom facilities are shared. For guest's comfort, guests will find slippers and free toiletries at this property. The guesthouse offers complimentary bread for breakfast. Mazda Stadium is a 3-minute walk away from Hiroshima Guesthouse HARU. Miyajima is 18 km from Hiroshima Guesthouse HARU, while Kure is 19 km away. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 40 km from the property.
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    • Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex
      Luxury
      Attractively situated in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex is situated 700 metres from Myoei-ji Temple, 700 metres from Chosho-in Temple and less than 1 km from Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Private parking is available on site. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex have air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex also has a spa and wellness centre, where guests can make the most of facilities like a hot spring bath and a sauna. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 33 km from Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex.
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    • HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA
      Luxury
      HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA provides rooms with private balconies in the centre of Hiroshima. The property is located less than 1 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a 14-minute walk from Atomic Bomb Dome and 2.9 km from Myoei-ji Temple. The property features a hot tub, free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, each room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms at HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA include air conditioning and a wardrobe. Chosho-in Temple is 3.4 km from the accommodation, while Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue is 3.4 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 42 km from HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA.
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