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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-Ku

The Basics

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is an essential destination for all visitors to Hiroshima. It was built on an area that was destroyed by the atomic bomb and is a very large park with ponds, statues, fountains, memorials, and walking paths. The main feature is the Peace Memorial Museum, which offers exhibits on the bombing and the horrors of nuclear warfare, which are educational, upsetting, and hopeful.

One of the most important locations in the park is the Cenotaph for A-Bomb Victims, an arch between the museum and the A-Bomb Dome. Beneath the arch is a register of the 220,000 people who died as a result of the bomb.

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Hiroshima Peace (Heiwa) Walking Tour at World Heritage Sites
Hiroshima Peace (Heiwa) Walking Tour at World Heritage Sites
$84.33 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Reminder for peace
This was a great tour. Our young guide was a wealth of knowledge. It was a very moving experience of the devastation that happened in Hiroshima. It is a reminder that we must never let this happen again and all strive for world peace. Lunch was provided which was traditional and very tasty.
wendymT2457TI, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Hiroshima

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Bike tour
Andrew_S, Mar 2020
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
The tour with Shin was very informative and it was awesome to get to see the sights around the lovely city of Hiroshima. Thanks Shin for searing the story of your city and your family
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Fun and Informative
Voyage67113, Nov 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
The ride was really great, bikes were very comfortable and in good repair. Our guides Tomomi and Mayumi were very informative and entertaining. They took us to the obvious sites as well as places we would not have found on our own, all along an easy and picturesque route. Highly recommended!
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Good day out
Christopher A, Oct 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
Great tour, effortless electric bikes at any fitness level and great tour guide, best way to see Hiroshima
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Very informative + Excellent guides
Des H, Oct 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
Electric bikes and flat route means that nearly everyone who can ride a bike can enjoy this tour. Guides very very knowledgeable and good fun. Please note that this tour visits the Peace Park but does not enter the museum.
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Great day out
andyread3, Oct 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
Great weather, knowledgable guides, electric bikes and a fascinating place with lovely people; what’s not to like?
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Great tour
Wanderer63516815229, Oct 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
Excellent tour with a great local guide who gave some good insights. Good way to see the city if you're only there for a day. Would highly recommend!
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Great information and entertainment
DublinGills1, Sep 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
We had great afternoon tour of East kyoto including places of interest entertainment and shrines! It gave us great overview. Our guide Ben was knowledgeable and good fun. A well spent three or so hours
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Tour on 9th September 2019 with Yuri
floydrobert, Sep 2019
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
My wife and I absolutely loved the bicycle tour given by “Yuri”. She showed us many peace monuments around Hiroshima and told us accounts from people that survived the tragedy had remembered this sad part of human history. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy riding a bicycle after so many years but Yuri’s capacity to make us welcome and her patience and happiness was contagious. I am very glad to have joined this tour. I have learned a lot about human suffering but also about the hope for the future Hiroshima possesses. Yuri made the point that out of tragedy can come new hope. There is a real focus on Peace now in Hiroshima. It is a tremendous city. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to have an insight into the Hiroshima bomb from Yuri’s touching and unique perspective.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is a small fee to enter the park.

  • Hiroshima Peace Volunteers offer free guided tours of the park and museum, and a small number of English guides are available.

  • If you’re crafty and good at origami (Japanese paper folding), bring a folded crane to the Children’s Peace Monument to add to the collection, which commemorates the children affected by the bomb.

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How to Get There

The park is in Nakajima, which was the center of Hiroshima at the time of the bombing. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the Hiroshima Bus Center or a 20-minute bus ride from the train station. Catch bus number 24 bound for Yoshijima, and get off at Heiwa Kinen Koen.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from morning until evening; exact hours vary by the season. If you happen to be in Hiroshima on August 6th, you can observe the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the bombing: A minute’s silence takes place at 8:15am, wreaths are laid at the site, and there are a number of speeches.

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Day Trip to Miyajima

After visiting the Peace Memorial Park, head to Miyajima, an island just off the coast from Hiroshima. You can get there by ferry and spend some time exploring the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine, with its red torii (gate) that stands in the water. You can also hike or take a cable car up the island’s Mount Misen.

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