Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park (平和記念公園, Heiwa Kinen Kōen) is one of the most prominent features of the city. Even visitors not looking for it will likely stumble upon the large park of over 120,000 square meters. Its trees, lawns, and walking paths are in stark contrast to the surrounding downtown area.

Before the bomb, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. For this reason, it was chosen as the pilot's target. Four years to the day after the bomb was dropped, it was decided that the area would not be redeveloped but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities.

The park's main facility is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its main focus though is on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its outcome in human suffering. The personal details displayed are quite upsetting and serve to remind that we should not take peace for granted.

The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building served as a location to promote Hiroshima's industries. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain standing, and remains so today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the A-Bomb Dome is a tangible link to Hiroshima's unique past.

Between the Museum and the A-Bomb Dome is the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Cenotaph is an arched tomb for those who died because of the bomb, either because of the initial blast or exposure to radiation. Below the arch is a stone chest holding a register of these names, of which there are over 220,000.

Every year on the anniversary of the bomb, a ceremony is held at the park. Speeches are made, wreathes are laid at the Cenotaph, and a moment of silence is observed at 8:15 am, the precise moment of detonation. Other activities occur throughout the day, and many staff are employed to help foreign visitors.

Getting there and around

From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 2 or 6 to the Genbaku-Domu Mae (原爆ドーム前) stop. The ride takes 15 minutes and costs 220 yen one way. Alternatively, the Peace Memorial Park is served by the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Meipuru-pu).

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      Situated next to a rice field, 88 House Hiroshima is a non-smoking accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. From JR Hiroshima Station, the property is a 25-minute bus ride away. Rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. You can enjoy a garden view from all the rooms. Toilets and bathrooms are shared, and free toiletries are provided. At Hiroshima 88 House you will find a terrace, barbecue facilities and a shared kitchen. Other facilities offered include a shared lounge and a luggage storage service. Guests can use the kitchen to prepare their own meals. Kaminukushina Shogakko Iriguchi Bus Stop is a 5-minute walk away. Hiroshima Peace Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are both a 20-minute drive from the property.
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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
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    • NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge
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      Ideally set in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge is set less than 1 km from Chosho-in Temple, a 6-minute walk from Hiroshima Station and 1.3 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple, and within 1.3 km of the city centre. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Every room includes a kettle, while selected rooms also feature a balcony and others also feature city views. At NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge.
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    • GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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    • HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI
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      Situated in the Hiroshima City Centre district in Hiroshima, HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is set 1.4 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, 3 km from Myoei-ji Temple and 3.2 km from Hiroshima Station. The property is less than 1 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, and within 1.2 km of the city centre. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, the rooms at HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms include a balcony. At the accommodation rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Chosho-in Temple is 3.4 km from HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 3.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from the hotel.
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    • FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori
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      Well located in Hiroshima, FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a restaurant. The property is close to Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre, Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Station. The property is non-smoking and is located 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. At the hotel, each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori include Chosho-in Temple, Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hilton Hiroshima
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    • Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige
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      Attractively set in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige is situated 1 km from Chosho-in Temple, 500 metres from Hiroshima Station and 1.2 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. Featuring a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 1.5 km from the city centre and 700 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. Rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a balcony and others also boast city views. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Popular points of interest near Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige include Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA
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      Located within 1.1 km of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 1.1 km of Atomic Bomb Dome, HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA provides rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Hiroshima. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel features a hot tub, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel, each room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Myoei-ji Temple is 2.9 km from HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA, while Chosho-in Temple is 3.3 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 43 km from the accommodation.
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