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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 Restoration, 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). 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 2-3 buses per hour.

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Hours and Fees

Main Keep

Hours

9:00 to 18:00 (March to November)
9:00 to 17:00 (December to February)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed

December 29 to 31

Admission

370 yen (main keep), admission to the rest of the castle grounds is free

Ninomaru

Hours

9:00 to 17:30 (April to September)
9:00 to 16:30 (October to March)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed

December 29 to January 2

Admission

Free

Hotels around Hiroshima

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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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    • Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only)
      Budget-friendly
      2.4 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only) offers a 1-star accommodation in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima. Featuring a shared lounge, this 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Certain rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave. At Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima, the rooms are fitted with a seating area. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the accommodation. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.7 km from Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only), while Shukkeien is 1.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 48 km from the guest house.
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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 TV and a hairdryer. Guests at KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS can enjoy a continental or a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 33 km from KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS.
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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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    • Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
      Luxury
      Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station and a 10-minute drive from the Atomic Bomb Dome. It offers 4 dining options, an indoor pool and a fitness centre. All rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is fitted with a fridge, ironing equipment and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. A humidifier and a trouser press are provided. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Guests can work out at the fitness centre or swim at the indoor pool at a charge. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Hotel Sheraton Grand Hiroshima is a 10-minute drive from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a 5-minute drive from Hiroshima Castle.
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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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    • 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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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a bar and a terrace, Roku Hostel Hiroshima is set in Hiroshima, 2.5 km from Myoei-ji Temple and 2.6 km from Atomic Bomb Dome. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue are reachable within 3.2 km and 3.4 km, respectively. An American breakfast is available every morning at the guest house. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.9 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima, while Chosho-in Temple is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hiroshima Hostel EN
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in June 2017, Hiroshima Hostel EN is a hostel combined with an on-site restaurant. Located in the centre of Hiroshima, the property is a 3-minute walk away from JR Yokogawa Station, while JR Hiroshima Station is 2 stops away via train. Guests can sample various dished made with locally acquired ingredients, accompanied by locally brewed sake rice wine and beer. A complimentary welcome drink is provided, per person per night. The property can offer a guided tour to explore some parts of Hiroshima prefecture. There is a shared lounge at the property where guests can interact and socialise with other guests. The Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are both a 20-minute walk alongside the river from Hiroshima Hostel EN. The nearest airport is Hiroshima airport, approximately an hour away on the train and limousine bus.
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    • PEARL KAMINOBORI F Plus
      Mid-range
      In a central area of Hiroshima, located within a short distance of Myoei-ji Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome, PEARL KAMINOBORI F Plus offers free WiFi, air conditioning and household amenities such as a microwave and kettle. With city views, this accommodation provides a balcony. This apartment includes 2 bedrooms, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a washing machine. Chosho-in Temple is 1.9 km from the apartment, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 2.1 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 34 km from PEARL KAMINOBORI F Plus.
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