Hiroshima CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: 21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +81-822217512
- Ticket Price: 370 JPY
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture
Fine example of a flatland castle, the Hiroshima Castle is also known as the Carp Castle. It was built in the year 1589 by Mori Terumoto and was an important seat of power in Western Japan. The main keep of the castle in 5 stories tall. Surrounded by a moat, the castle was destroyed in 1945 during the atomic bombing. Thirteen years later, its main keep was rebuilt with an attractive wooden exterior. Within the keep is a museum that tells the history of Hiroshima and its castles and palaces. The top floor of the main building provides magnificent panoramic views of the city.
- Adult: ¥370
- Seniors (65+) and High school students: ¥180
- Discounts apply for groups of 30 people or more.
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- Kamiya-cho nishi stop.
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94.37% of people who visit Hiroshima include Hiroshima Castle in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
37.45% of people start their Hiroshima Castle visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Hiroshima Castle
64.45% of people prefer walking in order to reach Hiroshima Castle
As the castle was completely rebuilt, this is a replica. There's a lot of history inside but the website they claim to have English narrative/audio guide is not working correctly as it is in Japanese only and the same goes for all the QR codes in the building. You can take a picture in Samurai suit and in both male and female kimonos for free which is quite good. To fully appreciate everything inside you'd need to spend few hours in.
Fairly standard reproduction that lacks anything particularly "must see". However, at night it looks fantastic with the lights and from the top floor you can see Hiroshima which is the real point of going. Seeing the Dome through the trees and knowing what happened was extremely emotional and gives you a sense of scale. With that said - make sure you visit this AFTER the memorial museum to fully appreciate it.
Looks nice from the outside but is actually a full concrete replica of the original castle. Inside is a museum over 4 floors where I find the first two interesting, explaining the history of Hiroshima as a town but the to two are plain boring. No English and just a collection of armors and swords. The view from the top is also quite mediocre, simply because there is nothing to see around the palace. Stick to the park around the castle and save yourself ¥600 for a beer later.
Hiroshima Castle is a replica of the original- looks nice and is well kept. The grounds are clean, quiet and serene. Be warned though, uneven stairs leading up to the castle and no elevator inside, so keep that in mind if important to you.
Gorgeous! Grounds and structure are beautiful. Rebuilt to exacting standards after WWII. Make sure to walk all the way around the castle to see the whole thing. The grounds and garden are also lovely.