Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima

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When the original 16th-century structure crumbled in 1945, Hiroshima Castle was erected in its place as a historically accurate replica. The iconic castle once served as a home of the daimyo, the feudal lord of Hiroshima. The structure's modern facsimile, which shines in white with a partially wooden exterior, contains a museum dedicated to Hiroshima's history before World War II. The ninomaru (outer castle wall) consists of the castle's main gate and turrets adjoined by a warehouse. Step inside to see details of the castle's reconstruction. Plan to visit Hiroshima Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hiroshima attractions using our Hiroshima itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This is a reproduction of the original castle. There are many photographs of the construction of the castle. The inside is quaint. Not much in the way of English information. It took us less than 30 m...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Stairs visited the Castle stairs quaint has steep wooden stairs children enjoyed like a good, now go and watch during the Mall in was is common room in the Castle. I was kinda disappointing.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Hiroshima castle is beautiful building with nice garden. I didn't visit inside the castle because I was told by the other travelers there's not that much to see. But I'm sure for the ones who are real...  more »
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  • May 25, 2017
    Not the largest castle we saw on our visit to Japan but it was very nice. Inside is a small museum with samurai equipment and paintings. You do not have to take your shoes off but photos and video are prohibited in some areas of the castle. The castle was rebuilt because it was destroyed but the stone walls, if I remember correctly, are the original ones. Very cool sites in cherry blossom season from atop the castle and you can see pretty far from up there. Worth the visit if in the area.
  • June 26, 2017
    What's good The campus is beautiful and castle itself stands proudly at the top. What's not good Not the most decorated castle but given Hiroshima's history it is indeed something to watch. What to do Stroll around. Castle is on four floors and for a fee you are allowed to enter and enjoy the interiors and the view from the top.
  • April 11, 2017
    They did an excellent job rebuilding the castle after its destruction following the bomb. The grounds are really nice and inside the castle is a great museum. The bottom floor has a ton of information about its construction and the historical background of the area. There are scrolls, swords, and suits of Japanese armor on display on the upper floors as well. Also, my dad got to dress up like a samurai. It was great.
  • April 23, 2017
    It was nice, though of all the castles I visited in Japan, it was not the best. Maybe because it felt quite 'new'. Museum had a lot of things to see but some without translation in English. View from the top was really great. Also the park surrounding the castle was very pretty.
  • June 20, 2017
    Cool architecture from the outside with a museum dedicated to samurai on the inside. There's a viewpoint on the top from all sides. There's no elevator, so be prepared to climb up and down stairs. There are drink vending machines on top if you get thirsty.

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Where to stay in Hiroshima

The majority of places to stay in Hiroshima concentrate in the areas surrounding the train station, the memorial museum and park, and a couple of main boulevards. Here you can find basic, comfortable, and clean hostels, dozens of mid-range business hotels, and a couple of pricier four- and five-star international chains, all of which offer easy access to any of the sights in this compact city. For an adventurous and very affordable overnight stay in Hiroshima, you can even sleep in private pods attached to the train station's south side.
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