Hiroshima Peace Memorial ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi 730-0811, Japan
- Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +81-825042390
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Landmark, Walking Area, Memorial, Monument, Family And Kids
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, also known as the Heiwakinen Park, is a park in the middle of Hiroshima city that contains several memorials dedicated to the atomic bomb victims of Hiroshima. The park is a reminder of the horrific past of the city. Spread across over 120,000 square meters, the park is home to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Genbaku Dome (aka A-Bomb Dome or Hiroshima Peace Memorial) and the Children’s Peace Monument. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum tells the history of Hiroshima with focus on the events of August 6, the day of the bombing, and its result on human life. On display are personal details and artefacts of the lives perished.
The museum is a constant reminder that one should not take peace for granted. The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial are the remains of the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, one of the only buildings that remained standing after the bombings. The story behind the Children’s Peace Monument is- Sadako Sasaki was a small 2 year old girl when she was exposed to the atomic bombing. 8 years later, due to her exposure to the radiations, she died of leukaemia. Shocked by her death, her classmates put out a national call to build a monument in memory of all the children who died because of the atomic bombing. The monument was completed on May 5, 1958 (Children's Day). There are 3 peace bells within the park. Visitors are encouraged to ring the bell to show support for ongoing peace throughout the world.
- Museum contact number: +81 822414004
Museum entry fees:
- Adults: ¥50
- Children: ¥30
- Museum hours from March to July and September to November 8:30 am to 6 pm; August 8:30 am to 7 pm; December to February 8:30 am to 7 pm.
- Genbaku Domu-mae tram stop.
- Heiwa-kinen-koen tram stop.
- Peace Park Cafe Shop
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95% of people who visit Hiroshima include Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
65.81% of people start their Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
51.08% of people prefer walking in order to reach Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
It was a great experience walking around the memorials and seeing the significance of all of them. There's a very humbling and somber vibe as you walk through the park and read the signs posted at the memorials--there are English signs at every one. Highly recommend checking this area out to get a sense of what Hiroshima went through in WWII.
To be fair this is an historical site and wasn’t necessarily meant to be a tourist attraction and hence i did not find it to be especially interesting or entertaining. The dome in the Park was just as pictured, it was clearly just a ruined building with only its foundations left over. I appreciated its historical significance but as a tourist destination it definitely left more to be desired. The park had a peaceful atmosphere but the constant volume of tourists around felt fairly intrusive. A guided tour in Japanese was also held so for anyone who did not understand Japanese it would have been fairly difficult to appreciate the nature of the park. Given that I visited while the museum was under renovation (9/2018) I was unable to understand more about this historical site as all the information was in there. Definitely left more to be desired and would no recommend if you are only spending a day or two in Hiroshima city.
This park is a bittersweet monument that preserves the memory of one of humanity's cruelest acts, while simultaneously serving as a beacon of hope for a peaceful future. As an American tourist, a trip to Japan is not complete without a visit here. If you can, seek out a local tour guide who knows the place well. I regret not doing so.
A somber but educational lesson on the dangers of atomic weapons. The park is open, spacious, and wonderful place to walk. The different monuments are beautifully constructed and includes inscriptions in multiple languages to allow for everyone to learn the history and significance of each statue. The main points of interest are the flame of peace, which is within the peace pond, the Children's monument, the burial mound, and the monument to the Korean victims. On one end of the park is the iconic Atomic Dome, with the other is the peace gate and the museum. The museum offers more in-depth explanations of what happened but the park itself does set the tone for the experience the museum offers. Unfortunately the actual drop point of the atomic bomb is not part of the park. There is a small monument down a side street near the park but it is not entirely clear how to find it. Some people might get confused as to where to find it.
Extremely surreal the entire time walking through. But amazing to see that there were still buildings standing. Beautiful park great sights to see.