Built to commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki City on August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki Peace Park reminds us of the horrors of war, while also expressing hope for peace. With thousands of visitors each year, the complex is comprised of two parks, and a museum tribute to the souls lost in the blast.
Nagasaki Peace Park is a few kilometers north of the Urakami city center.
Trams connect the park with JR Nagasaki Station. The closest tram stop is Matsuyamamachi; the park is a 5-minute walk away.
Designed by local artist Seibo Kitamura as a testament to those who perished, the park's majestic Peace Statue is a major draw. Its outstretched arms warn about the dangers of atomic weapons while also gesturing toward a more peaceful future.
Visit on the anniversary of the atomic bomb's dropping, on August 9, to partake in a peace memorial ceremony and witness an inspirational declaration of peace made to the world.
The Fountain of Peace at the south end of the park commemorates those who died searching for water in the bomb's aftermath. Don't miss a heartwrenching poem written by a child victim of the bomb describing the desperation of those needing to quench their thirst.
As a reminder that war doesn't discriminate, the park also has memorial sculptures to commemorate the many Koreans and Chinese victims who perished in 1945.
On a more positive note, a row of monuments contributed by various nations conveys sympathy and goodwill from around the world. Collectively forming a zone of symbols of world peace, the thought-provoking pieces are a must-see.
One of the more touching sculptures in the park was donated by The Republic of China in 1987. Depicting the image of a woman with a billowing dress and a dove perched on her outstretched arm, this piece literally points to a more hopeful future.