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Hiroshima Castle (L, 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, 220 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 about two buses per hour.

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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hiroshima, Roku Hostel Hiroshima has a garden, terrace, bar, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 1.7 km from Hiroshima Station, 2.5 km from Myoei-ji Temple and 2.6 km from Atomic Bomb Dome. The accommodation offers 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. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.9 km from the accommodation, while Chosho-in Temple is 2.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima.
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    • NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge
      Mid-range
      Ideally set in the centre of Hiroshima, NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge offers air-conditioned rooms, free bikes, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service and luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is set 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Featuring a private bathroom with a bidet and free toiletries, some units at NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge also feature a city view. At the accommodation the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge include Chosho-in Temple, Hiroshima Station and Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the hotel.
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    • FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori
      Luxury
      Well located in the centre of Hiroshima, FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a restaurant. The property is close to Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre, Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Station. The property is non-smoking and is located 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. At the hotel, each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Chosho-in Temple, Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori.
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    • HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA
      Luxury
      Well located in Hiroshima, HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA provides 4-star accommodation close to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. The property is located 2.9 km from Myoei-ji Temple, 3.3 km from Chosho-in Temple and 3.5 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. The hotel features a hot tub, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. 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. Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center is 3.5 km from the accommodation, while Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue is 3.5 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 43 km from HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA.
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    • HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI is situated in Hiroshima, 1.4 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 3 km from Myoei-ji Temple. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The property is less than 1 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, and within 1.2 km of the city centre. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, the rooms at HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms include a balcony. At the accommodation rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Hiroshima Station is 3.2 km from HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI, while Chosho-in Temple is 3.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from the hotel.
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    • Hiroshima no Yado Aioi
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in Hiroshima, Hiroshima no Yado Aioi provides 3-star accommodation close to Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The ryokan features a hot tub and a 24-hour front desk. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. Guest rooms in Hiroshima no Yado Aioi are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Myoei-ji Temple is 2 km from Hiroshima no Yado Aioi, while Chosho-in Temple is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from the ryokan.
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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 shared lounge, free WiFi and a bar. This 3-star hotel offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is situated 1.4 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. 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. The accommodation offers an ? la carte or continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS include Atomic Bomb Dome, Myoei-ji Temple and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 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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    • FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM
      Luxury
      Conveniently set in Hiroshima, FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a terrace. Less than 1 km from Myoei-ji Temple and a 12-minute walk from Chosho-in Temple, the property offers a restaurant and a bar. Private parking is available on site. All units at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. The private bathroom is equipped with a bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM each room includes bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM include Hiroshima Station, Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 46 km from the hotel.
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    • Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex
      Luxury
      Attractively situated in the centre of Hiroshima, Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex features 4-star accommodation close to Myoei-ji Temple and Chosho-in Temple. Featuring a restaurant, this 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, all rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna, hot spring bath and spa centre. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are ready to help around the clock at the reception. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center, Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from Dormy Inn Hiroshima Annex.
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