Reflect on the Lessons of History in Nagasaki
See powerful reminders that peace must be preserved
Nagasaki, where the second atomic bomb was dropped on August 9, 1945, serves as a somber reminder of the horrors of nuclear war. This tour will introduce the city with several sites that preserve the history of this tragedy.
The tour begins at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum—located beside the very site where the bomb exploded. Visitors can learn about the history of nuclear weapons and what may be done to prevent such horrors going forward. At the Nagasaki Peace Park, visitors may make a wish for world peace before the 10-meter-tall Peace Statue.
About 500 meters from the epicenter, a wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary that survived the blast at Urakami Cathedral, tells the tale of Nagasaki's bombing. Miraculously, the single-pillar torii gate and the trees at Sanno Shire still stand to this day. Finally, visit the ruins of Shiroyama Elementary School, a site where you can learn about the young victims whose lives were lost.
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, etc.