Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: An Essential Visit To Learn About The Tragic History Of The City
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a must-see if you are travelling to the Hiroshima. It is located at the very center of the city, and within the park, there are numerous beautiful and historically significant monuments and facilities (most notably the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum) recounting the tragic story of the atomic bomb.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is located at the very center of Hiroshima City. It was formerly the busiest part of Hiroshima but the atomic explosion created an open field in which the park was created. The Park was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, a Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient. The park itself is not that vast (122,100 square meters) but it has many notable symbols dedicated to the atomic bomb's victims and advocating world peace.
The most iconic monument of the Park is the A-Bomb Dome. The dome was at the hypocenter of the bomb, and is the only building that withstood the blast at least partially standing. It was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Museum was established in 1955. It is an extremely popular destination for Japanese school children who visit it at least once as part of a school trip. Tourists from around the world also visit in large numbers (approximately 1 million visitors a year!). The is dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of the city. You will find there belongings left by victims and pictures of the destruction. You will also discover how Hiroshima was, prior to the dropping of the bomb, and how it became in its aftermath.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Opening Hours
The museum is the park's main attraction so be sure not to miss it! It is open from 8:30 to 18:00 (until 19:00 in August, until 17:00 from December to February); admission ends 30 minutes before closing. Closed December 30 and 31. A visit costs 200 yen.
Children's Peace Monument
Another widely known monument, particularly in Japan, is the Children's Peace Monument. It is a statue of a young girl holding a huge paper crane. The work was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died from radiation. She believed that by making 1,000 origami cranes she would be cured of her illness. Her touching story has become a symbol of courage and resilience. Many people still fold cranes and send them to Hiroshima to be placed near her statue.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
A ceremony is held every year on August 6th, the day the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. People gather at the Memorial Cenotaph and observe a minute of silence from 8:15 AM, the precise time the blast occurred.
We hope you will enjoy discovering this important beautiful historical park as well as the rest of the city. Hiroshima is an overall amazing area to visit with a rich food culture and many local traditions.