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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 and with Hiroshima Station reachable within 1.7 km, Roku Hostel Hiroshima offers a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFithroughout the property and a terrace. The property is around 2.5 km from Myoei-ji Temple, 2.6 km from Atomic Bomb Dome and 2.9 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. 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. Chosho-in Temple is 2.9 km from the accommodation, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 3.2 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
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge is set in Hiroshima, less than 1 km from Chosho-in Temple and a 6-minute walk from Hiroshima Station. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple, and within 1.3 km of the city centre. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Every room includes a kettle, while selected rooms also feature a balcony and others also feature city views. At NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre, Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue and Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge.
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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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    • 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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    • 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 an Asian breakfast and free WiFi. This 3-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk and a lift. The ryokan features family rooms. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a tatami, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Hiroshima no Yado Aioi offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and public bath. 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, 45 km from Hiroshima no Yado Aioi.
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    • Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige is situated in Hiroshima, 1 km from Chosho-in Temple and 500 metres from Hiroshima Station. Featuring a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 1.5 km from the city centre and 700 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. Rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a balcony and others also boast city views. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Popular points of interest near Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige include Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre, Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue and Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Intergate Hiroshima
      Mid-range
      Ideally situated in Hiroshima, Hotel Intergate Hiroshima features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.6 km from Chosho-in Temple, 1.3 km from Hiroshima Station and 1.9 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The accommodation provides a shared lounge, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage for guests. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The rooms have a private bathroom with a bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At Hotel Intergate Hiroshima each room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available each morning, and includes Full English/Irish, American and Asian options. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Atomic Bomb Dome, Myoei-ji Temple and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from Hotel Intergate Hiroshima.
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    • Hilton Hiroshima
      Luxury
      Well set in Hiroshima, Hilton Hiroshima offers 5-star accommodation close to Myoei-ji Temple and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. Providing a restaurant, the property also has a bar, as well as an indoor pool and a sauna. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a safety deposit box, a TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hilton Hiroshima every room comes with bed linen and towels. An Italian, American or Asian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Chosho-in Temple, Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from Hilton Hiroshima.
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