The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a symbol representing the cost of war and the importance of peace
The Hiroshima Prefectural Promotion Hall stood almost directly below the hypocenter of the blast from the atomic bomb dropped by the US military. Though much of the building's exterior was stripped away, the skeletal frame of the building survived. Now known as the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome , the structure is the first thing you will see when visiting the Peace Memorial Park located across the Motoyasu River.
- Seeing the structure exactly as it was after the bombing—the city has gone to great lengths to preserve it
- Every August 6th, joining the masses of people who gather around the park for the Peace Memorial Ceremony
- Learning more by visiting the museums located in the Peace Memorial Museum
The ruins of war led to calls for enduring peace
On August 6, 1945, the first ever atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima, resulting in the deaths of upwards of 146,000 people. In the interest of memorializing the severe human toll of the bomb and advocating for future peace, the city designated an area of land to serve as a memorial site. Before the bombing, this part of the city was the central commercial district.
Visiting the site
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome is part of the larger Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which includes the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum , the Children's Peace Museum, and several sculptures.
How to Get There
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome is a short walk from Genbaku Dome-Mae tram stop. From Hiroshima Station, walk three minutes to the Hiroden Line. From there, ride 15 minutes to Genbaku Dome-Mae tram stop.
Important Notice: The Main Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will be closed for renovations until spring, 2019. The East Building remains open to visitors.