Peace Osaka

Attraction 2-1 Osaka Castle Park, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan Published on: 28-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Family
Museum
History
2.50 USD

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Peace Osaka (ピースおおさか), also known as Osaka International Peace Center, is a museum that documents the horrors of World War II.

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Why Peace Osaka is special ?

Peace Osaka (ピースおおさか), also known as Osaka International Peace Center, is a museum that documents the horrors of World War II. The permanent exhibition room on the first floor shows photographs and other documents related to the the war, highlighting the horror and pain caused by Japan's aggressions in China, Korea and South East Asia. It also documents the US invasion of Okinawa and the atomic bombings. The second floor is dedicated to the Osaka air raids that destroyed much of the city and killed many of its inhabitants towards the end of WW II. Peace Osaka presents a highly pithy and well-rounded account of the various sufferings committed by all sides, from the Japanese abuse of prisoners in South-East Asia to the American bombings of Japan during the Second World War. I found it nearly overwhelming, but highly meaningful to view the extent of damage the human race can inflict upon itself in times of war.

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Duration
6.0 days
Estimated
146.26 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
18 places

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2-1 Osaka Castle Park, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan

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You should visit Peace Osaka, Osaka Castle and Osaka museum of History in the same day as they are all in the same are and a walking distance from one another. Peace Osaka is inside the park so was a little hard to find but once we did, it was very interesting. You will learn more about the war on Japan and also the ones Japan conducted agains neighboring countries and you will experience the horror all of this caused. This is a real life experience, don't miss it! Allow about 1hr.

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We visited Peace Osaka after going to Osaka Castle (about a 10 minute walk through the park). We used our Osaka Unlimited 2 Day Pass , which is 2700 yen and includes attractions, subways and buses. This museum was the first one I've been to in Japan where Japan openly places the blame for it's own suffering and the suffering of other nations during the period from the Manchurian Incident through to the end of the Second World War squarely on itself, (as a result of it's own aggressions). It also acknowledges war atrocities and other crimes against humanity. The theme of the museum is that war is terrible and brings suffering.The first very effective exhibition is about the incendiary bombing of Osaka during WW2. It tells the story, in Japanese and English, effectively through war footage and personal accounts. The second exhibition is about Japanese aggressions in other Asian countries. The third exhibit was a temporary installation with no English, but it seemed to be related to WW2.The Peace Osaka building is architecturally interesting, but the building and the exhibits are looking a bit tired. I would recommend the museum to history buffs, but not to families - it's too confronting for kids.

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After reading the reviews we were expecting a quiet afternoon at this museum. However we were met by the noisy excitement of school children on a field trip. It’s good that they are exposed to and learn from the harsh realities of war. The museum was divided into a section on the bombing of Osaka. First-hand accounts by survivors were graphic and emotional. The extensive damage and hardship was documented. The second section was on WWII. This documented the timeline and various areas/countries invaded. The tone of this was decidedly different than before when Japan was portrayed as liberators. Now there was admission of aggression and abuse especially in the documentation of the Nanjing massacre. The last section was an interesting promotion of peace. The doomsday clock was especially thought provoking. It’s a measure of how close we were from “doomsday” based on wars and conflicts around the world, natural disasters and environmental changes. Very interesting and worthwhile for those interested in history. It’s small and so can be finished in a short time. There are English commentaries. Drop by after or before visiting Osaka castle nearby.

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You should visit Peace Osaka, Osaka Castle and Osaka museum of History in the same day as they are all in the same are and a walking distance from one another. Peace Osaka is inside the park so was a little hard to find but once we did, it was very interesting. You will learn more about the war on Japan and also the ones Japan conducted agains neighboring countries and you will experience the horror all of this caused. This is a real life experience, don't miss it! Allow about 1hr.

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