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Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park (•½˜a‹L”OŒφ‰€, 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 (Œ΄”šƒh[ƒ€‘O) stop. The ride takes 15 minutes and costs 190 yen one way. Alternatively, the Peace Memorial Park is served by all three lines of the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Meipuru-pu).

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Hours and Fees

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hours

8:30 to 18:00 (until 19:00 in August, until 17:00 from December to February); admission ends 30 minutes before closing.

Closed

December 30 to 31

Admission

200 yen

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    • 36hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 2-minute walk from Tokaichi-Machi Tram Station, 36hostel offers accommodation with free WiFi. JR Hiroshima Station is 20 minutes by tram, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is an 8-minute walk. All guest rooms have air conditioning. Each bunk bed in a dormitory room is fitted with a privacy curtain, electrical socket, reading light and safety deposit box. Shared shower rooms include free toiletries. Towels can be rented for a fee. You will find a shared lounge with various books and a refrigerator. There are also an electric kettle, microwave and toaster. Hiroshima Castle is a 20-minute stroll from 36hostel, while JR Miyajima-guchi Station is 30 minute by train. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 43 km from 36hostel.
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    • Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only)
      Budget-friendly
      2.4 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only) offers a 1-star accommodation in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima. Featuring a shared lounge, this 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Certain rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave. At Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima, the rooms are fitted with a seating area. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the accommodation. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.7 km from Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only), while Shukkeien is 1.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 48 km from the guest house.
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    • KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Ideally situated in Hiroshima, KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.8 km from Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center, 1.9 km from Chosho-in Temple and 1.9 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a TV and a hairdryer. Guests at KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS can enjoy a continental or a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 33 km from KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS.
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    • Guesthouse Akicafe Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 3-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station, Guesthouse Akicafe Inn offers simple dormitory accommodation with a lounge and free-use kitchen. Itfs a 10-minute walk from Mazda Baseball Stadium and a 20-minute tram ride away from the Peace Memorial Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. The guesthouse is equipped with 2 shower booths with free toiletries. Towels can be borrowed with extra charge. The common lounge area is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring, a low table. Washing machines can be used at a charge. Refurbished air-conditioned rooms come with wooden-flooring and bunk beds. Akicafe Inn Guesthouse is a 1-minute walk away from the nearest Enkoubashi-cho tram stop. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the area on their own. There are plenty of dining options nearby. No meals are served at the property.
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    • Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
      Luxury
      Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station and a 10-minute drive from the Atomic Bomb Dome. It offers 4 dining options, an indoor pool and a fitness centre. All rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is fitted with a fridge, ironing equipment and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. A humidifier and a trouser press are provided. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Guests can work out at the fitness centre or swim at the indoor pool at a charge. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Hotel Sheraton Grand Hiroshima is a 10-minute drive from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a 5-minute drive from Hiroshima Castle.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae
      Luxury
      A 5-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae offers rooms with air conditioning in Hiroshima. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy city views. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Chosho-in Temple is 1.9 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • WeBase Hiroshima
      Mid-range
      Located in Hiroshima, within less than 1 km of Atomic Bomb Dome and a 12-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, WeBase Hiroshima provides accommodation with a shared lounge, and free WiFi. The property is set 2 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, 2.1 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and 2.8 km from Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Myoei-ji Temple, Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center and Chosho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from WeBase Hiroshima.
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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a bar and a terrace, Roku Hostel Hiroshima is set in Hiroshima, 2.5 km from Myoei-ji Temple and 2.6 km from Atomic Bomb Dome. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue are reachable within 3.2 km and 3.4 km, respectively. An American breakfast is available every morning at the guest house. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.9 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima, while Chosho-in Temple is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hiroshima Hostel EN
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in June 2017, Hiroshima Hostel EN is a hostel combined with an on-site restaurant. Located in the centre of Hiroshima, the property is a 3-minute walk away from JR Yokogawa Station, while JR Hiroshima Station is 2 stops away via train. Guests can sample various dished made with locally acquired ingredients, accompanied by locally brewed sake rice wine and beer. A complimentary welcome drink is provided, per person per night. The property can offer a guided tour to explore some parts of Hiroshima prefecture. There is a shared lounge at the property where guests can interact and socialise with other guests. The Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are both a 20-minute walk alongside the river from Hiroshima Hostel EN. The nearest airport is Hiroshima airport, approximately an hour away on the train and limousine bus.
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    • PEARL KAMINOBORI F Plus
      Mid-range
      In a central area of Hiroshima, located within a short distance of Myoei-ji Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome, PEARL KAMINOBORI F Plus offers free WiFi, air conditioning and household amenities such as a microwave and kettle. With city views, this accommodation provides a balcony. This apartment includes 2 bedrooms, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a washing machine. Chosho-in Temple is 1.9 km from the apartment, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 2.1 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 34 km from PEARL KAMINOBORI F Plus.
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