Peace Memorial Park
Park for citizens built in hope of creating eternal peace of mankind
Having world cultural heritage site
The Nakajima area where Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is located is the center of Hiroshima City that began to flourish in the Edo period more than 400 years ago as the hinge of traffic linking Osaka, Kyushu and Shikoku. But it was instantly demolished as an atomic bomb was dropped there on Aug. 6, 1945, for the first time in the world.
A project to make the area into a peace memorial facility started in 1949 and has developed into the current Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which is as wide as some 122,100 square meters. More than 60 monuments and facilities, built in hopes of peace, are dotted in the park. "Must-see" places in the park include the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which displays items to show conditions in the city at the time of atomic bombing, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome designated as a World Cultural Heritage site to pass the horror and misery caused by the atomic bombing to future generations, and the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims to bring down experiences of the bombing while winning understanding from people in the world.
Recognition of atomic bombing through various historical facts should make visitors think that the horror and misery of the bombing must not be repeated. There also is the International Conference Center Hiroshima in the park.
Address: Nakajima Town, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima
Phone: 082-504-2390 (Greenery Promotion Department of Hiroshima City Office)
Directions: 15-minute ride to Genbaku Dome-mae Station on tramway bound for Miyajimaguchi from Hiroshima Station of West Japan Railway Co.'s Sanyo Honsen Line (two hours from Shin-Osaka Station) Car ride of 20 minutes from Hiroshima Interchange on Sanyo Expressway.
From Tokyo:[Air]1h 15 min from Haneda to Hiroshima Airport, and 45 min from the airport to Hiroshima Station by bus.[Rail]4h from Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 16 min to Genbaku-Dome-mae by city tram.
From Osaka:[Rail]1h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station by Shinkansen.