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“Take your photo and move on...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle
21-1 Moto-machi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
+81 82-221-7512
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Ranked #15 of 50 Attractions in Hiroshima
Type: Castles
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Owner description: Rebuilt following its destruction by the atomic bomb, this building houses an excellent museum that traces Hiroshima’s history, describes the architecture and other aspects of castles in Japan and, through videos, explains the construction of this castle.
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“Take your photo and move on...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Possibly the most disappointing castle I've visited in Japan. It is pretty enough from the outside but it was rather dull inside - the only highlight was the samurai costumes that you can try on for free. The surround grounds are quite unkept and the public toilets were awful (by Japanese standards). It is free to walk around the grounds but 300yen to go into the Keep.
If you want a good picture of the castle - walk towards the river and you'll be treated to a pretty view across the moat.

Visited December 2012
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“very crappy”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

most of the stuff inside is japanese, as a tourist who is english speaking this makes it hard to understand. I went in for the samurai history as it says on the hiroshima city sightseeing map. however most of the samurai info was in japanese and the view from the top was pretty poor as well. Definitely not worth the 4 dollars.

Visited January 2013
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“wanting to become a sword woman =)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

the outer feature of the castle seems to still be the same old feature. on the inside, it is a museum where you can see different artifacts and parts of the castle. i think what captured my attention was the collection of different swords (katana) which were used during the samurai era. the blades are still sharp and well-maintained. there are some swords which you can see some glitches in the blades which made me wonder how many people were killed by those words and if there are still some hidden japanese village who are using those kinds of swords... =) anyways, just glad i was able to see those! also, they have a part there where you can experience wearing a kimono and a samurai cloth.

Visited December 2012
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Worth to see. It is also kind of museum with number of exhibits. View from top is just amazing on a clear day.

Visited November 2012
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“Not impressive in size BUT impressive in its soul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Hiroshima Castle was destroyed during the bombing of Hiroshima and later rebuilt. Just like the rest of this now progressive city, it has risen from the ashes and now stands tall and proud. On the castle grounds, one can find remnants of guard towers and other ruins. There is also a nice temple nearby. As one approaches the castle, one should pause in front of this symbol of Hiroshima's legacy from a bygone era and admire the wooden structure. Once you're visually satisfied, proceed to enter its premises (and I recommend going in because, first and foremost, it's way cheaper than other castles - for instance, almost half the price for entry to Osaka Castle). There are (I think) 5 floors to the castle which can be accessed by flights of stairs. Each floor has displays of artifacts from the original castle. Alas, the labels and explanations are all in Japanese. But make sure to pick up a pamphlet in English from the ticket counter at the entrance. This might not have all the explanations for the exhibits but it can give you a general understanding of the castle. The highlights for me were (1) the costume/photo-op section on the second floor just beside the gift shop where you can try on different traditional costumes; (2) the small windows which were used to hurl rocks, spears, and other weapons down at the encroaching enemies; you can open these to look down at the steep walls; (3) the top floor; you can go out onto the balcony and enjoy a 360-degree view of Hiroshima City. Finally, I recommend this castle because it's way less crowded and therefore more private and tranquil than other famous castles.

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