Japan Diaries: Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Day 12 in Japan found us in Hiroshima where I visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the Museum and the Atomic Bomb Drone.

We woke up Hiroshima to a beautiful sunny day, complete with blue skies and we were raring to go. We got on one of the trams and headed to our first stop, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum

We arrived at the Hiroshima Memorial Park and headed straight to the museum. The park is in the centre of the city and prays tribute to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. It also holds memories of the some 140,000 victims of the tragic attack. On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, the then, busiest commercial district of Japan.

The museum was actually incredibly interesting, just to see how the attack was planned and of course, the after effects too. The exhibit showed the build up to the war, the role of Hiroshima in the war and the wide spread damage that the attack caused. It was haunting to see the photos of the people who were affected by the bomb and seeing their clothes burnt in the most horrific way. I walked out moved and also just incredulous that countries still insist on building these horrific bombs.

We then walked around the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which has the arched cenotaph that contains the names of all the victims of the bomb. Through the archway you can see the peace flame which has been burning constantly since 1964 and will only be extinguished when all the world’s nuclear bombs are destroyed for good.

Atomic Bomb Drone

The Atomic Bomb centre is the skeleton remains of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It is the only building that remained standing after the attack, close to the hypocenter of the nuclear bomb.

Hiroshima Castle

Next, we went to visit Hiroshima Castle which is a replica as the original castle was destroyed during the atomic bomb attack. The original was built in the 1590s and the replica was built in 1958. It was beautiful from the inside but the best part was seeing the stunning views from the top.

Shukkeien Garden

Shukkeien Garden is a Japanese landscape garden which has valleys, mountains and forests represented in miniature form. The whole garden is connected by a path which felt like a real adventure. We explored the garden going over the bridges and looking around the corner to see what was next. We had a great time discovering the garden and seeing the beautiful cherry blossom trees.

Hiroshima Orizuru Tower

As we got to the end of the day, we were not quite ready to go back to our hotel. We went up the Orizuru Tower which was right next to the Atomic Bomb Centre. We were excited to see the sunset over the city and it was a beautiful sight to see.

You can see the contrast between the city, the day and the night above. Hiroshima is a beautiful city and the fact it is like the epicentre of peace, it made it all the more lovely to discover.

For more of my Japan posts see below:

Japan Diaries: Kinkaku-Ji temple,Kyoto

Japan Diaries: Kimonos, Imperial Palace Kyoto and the red gates

Japan Diaries: Arashimaya, Monkey Park and Tenryu-Ji Temple

I hope you enjoyed this post,

Sanoobar x

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