Attraction Japan 〒730-0811 Hiroshima-ken, Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Nakajimachō, 1−6 Published on: 27-02-2016
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Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is special ?
A softly lit internal walkway leads down into this cool, contemplative space, where the walls show a circular panorama of Hiroshima and the names of its neighbourhoods at the time of the atomic bomb. The fountain at the centre represents the moment the bomb was dropped (8.15), while the water offers relief to the victims. An adjoining room shows the names and photographs of those who perished. Before leaving, it's well worth taking time to watch the evocative testimonies from survivors.
The memorial hall was built by architect Tange Kenzō, who also designed the Peace Museum, cenotaph and flame.
What to explore at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims?
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims opened in August, 2002, to mourn the lives lost in the atomic bombing and pray for everlasting peace as a country. It aims to deepen the understanding of people around the world of the tragedy caused by the atomic bomb, and to hand down Hiroshima's experience of the A-bombing to future generations.
The Hall of Remembrance recreates a view of the A-bombed city seen from ground zero, a space in which visitors can quietly pay tribute to the A-bomb victims and contemplate peace. The Memorial Hall also offers visitors an opportunity to view and listen to materials, such as A-bomb memoirs and survivor testimony videos, and puts the names and exhibits photo portraits of deceased A-bomb victims on public view.
Furthermore, occasionally reading sessions of A-bomb memoirs and poems about the atomic bombing are held there. The situation of the A-bombing is conveyed to visitors with a feeling of real life when they listen to the recitations and read aloud these memoirs and poems themselves. Please touch the victims’ souls and words in this Memorial Hall.
How to get to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims?
Approx. 25-30 minutes from the South Exit of JR Hiroshima Station.
• Take a #1 streetcar for Hiroshima Port (Ujina) via Kamiya-cho and get off at Hondori
• Take a #2 streetcar for Miyajima-guchi or a #6 for Eba and get off at Genbaku Dome-mae.
• Take a #24 Hiroshima Bus for Yoshijima and get off at Hondori or Heiwa Kinen Koen.
- Cruelty Atomic Bomb
- A very nice memorial
- Far more reflective than the museum
- A befitting memorial to the dead
- Excellent informative museum
Japan 〒730-0811 Hiroshima-ken, Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Nakajimachō, 1−6
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Summary: A moving memorial. It feels like a mausoleum to the dead as you descend along a round walking path to the bottom of the museum. Along the walls as well as at the top of the museum are stories of the victims. Very somber and it again adds a very human quality to the exhibit. It is important to take your time to read through the placards and signs around the exhibits because they tell the stories of many of the victims. It also makes multiple references to Japan's version of events and how the war was started. This was certainly very different from what we learned in school and what the generally accepted course of events was during those years. Putting that aside, the structure is beautiful and you should definitely take the 45 minutes or so it takes to visit it.