ATOMIC BOMB HIROSHIMA
Atomic Bomb Hiroshima -
Guide to Atomic Bomb Hiroshima memorials and sites related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Most key sites are all clustered in or
near Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Heiwa-koen),
which can be reached by tram line 2 or 6
to Genbaku Domu-mae.
The A-Bomb Dome (Genbaku Domu) is Hiroshima's best-known symbol.
Formerly the Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall, the building was
only meters away from ground zero and its skeletal remains were among
the very few buildings left standing.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
The heart-wrenching Peace Memorial Museum (Heiwa Kinen Shiryokan)
documents the bomb and its aftermath, complete with scale models of
"before" and "after", melted children's tricycles and a harrowing
recreation of a post-blast Hiroshima street. After numerous
complaints, the museum now even describes the events leading up to the
bomb in some detail. Entry costs a token ¥50. Be warned: a visit here,
while by all means worthwhile, will ruin your day.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Statue of the Atomic Bomb Children
The Statue of the A-Bomb Children is perennially draped in thousands
and thousands of origami paper cranes, folded by schoolchildren across
Japan in commemoration of bomb victim Sadako. Dying of leukemia in
1954, she was told an old folk tale according to which anybody who
folds over 1000 cranes will have her wish come true; she managed 642
before her death in 1955 at the age of twelve.
Children's Peace Monument