Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Koen (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park)

Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Koen
(Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park)

A sombre remembrance of those who lost their lives during the ill-fated events of 6th August 1945. Yet, visitors are left with a sense of equanimity and gratitude for the gift of peace.

Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
When to avoid: The Peace Memorial Museum is closed from 29th December to 1st January.
Special dates: On 6th August every year, memorial services are held.
Cherry blossoms bloom at the park around early April.
Admission: Token fee of 50 yen for the Peace Memorial Museum.
Opening hours for the Peace Memorial Museum: 8:30 to 18:00
8:30 to 19:00 (August)
8:30 to 17:00 (December to February)
Recommended duration: 2 hours
Accessibility: Accessible by both private and public transportation.
Other considerations: Easy to get around with wheel chairs and strollers.
Location of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the casualties of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. It advocates world peace and strives to spread the message of the futility of war.

Here stands the historically important A-Bomb Dome - the remnants of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall that survived the bomb. It is today a UNESCO World Heritage site and remains as a stark reminder of the horrors of war.

The Peace Memorial Museum recollects the events leading to the fateful day and happenings in the aftermath of the bombing. Many items on exhibit demonstrate the destructiveness of the bomb. Although slightly disturbing, definitely visit for an important lesson in history and humanity. Say a prayer at the Children’s Peace Monument and at the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Peace Flame has burned since it was lit in 1964, and will remain till the planet is free of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear eradication.

Notwithstanding the severe message behind the park’s existence, the Heiwa Kinen Koen is an excellent destination for rest and repose: there are spacious lawns, ample park benches and greenery. This is also a favoured spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring (around early April) and autumn leaves (around the second half of November).

Tip from the locals:
Oysters are a specialty of Hiroshima. On the river south-east of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a boat-restaurant called Kakifunekanawa (かき船かなわ), which serves delicious oysters and other seafood.

GPS information
Google map co-ordinates: 34.392816, 132.45222
Map Code: 22 189 708
Telephone: +81 082-504-2390
Address: 1 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Postal Code: 730-0811
Japanese characters: ひろしまヘいわきねんこうえん
Parking: Paid parking available around the park

Trams offer a great way to get around Hiroshima City. Take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku Domu-mae (原爆ドーム前) tram stop, which is just in front of the A-Bomb Dome at the northern end of the Peace Memorial Park.

From To Transportation Travel Time One-way Fare Frequency
Hiroshima Station Genbaku Domu-mae (原爆ドーム前) tram stop Tram line 2 or 6 15 mins 160 yen Frequent departures
Osaka Hiroshima Sanyō Shinkansen About 90 mins About 10,000 yen Frequent departures
Hakata (Fukuoka) Sanyō Shinkansen 65 mins About 9000 yen Frequent departures

External Link - Map of tram network in Hiroshima, by Hiroshima Electric Railway.

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