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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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  • Disappointment. Is a fake Castle. They rebuilt a building on the site of the old Castle, destroyed by the atomic bomb. On the outside is the old design, but it is a modern building, with a poor Museum inside. The Park is in a bad state. Only worth it if it is the only castle that you will have the opportunity to meet. Entrance to the building shall be paid. Meet and take a picture outside.
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  • At the round tower to the Castle has been admitted. Is rich in articles such as history of the castle was built in reinforced concrete, I enjoyed.
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  • Nice building in a peaceful park with a shrine. Best part was riding the electric bikes. It was 36 Celsius and 90% humidity - riding was better than walking when hardly any pedalling required Did not ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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