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.

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome

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
Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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 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
Children's Peace Monument

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