Historical Places

Historical Places

There are several historical places in Hiroshima. The Hiroshima castle stands in the center of Hiroshima-city. You can see the old town which was formed in Edo era at Tomonoura in Fukuyama-city and in Takehara-city, but in Hiroshima-city there are few old buildings as lots of buildings were destroyed by the atomic bomb. But some are still showing their toughness – for example, the Old Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch, the Rest House and so on. Around the peace memorial park, you can see many kinds of statues for praying the victims of the atomic bomb. The whole of Hiroshima can be a textbook of Hiroshima’s history.

Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The Rest House is another bombed building inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park than A-Bomb Dome. Today the house is served as a rest house and information center of the park, but originally it used to be a kimono shop built in 1929. A man who survived the bomb in the basement of the building was the closest survivor to the hypocenter. The buil...

Miyajima Machiya Street
Miyajima Machiya Street

Behind the Omote-Sando shopping street with a lot of visitors going and coming around souvenir shops is a backstreet called Machiya Street. It is a nostalgic avenue with old townscape and preserves the atmosphere of past epoch. There are cafes and art galleries renovated from old folk houses lining the street. If you just walk the street, you ...

Tomonoura
Tomonoura

Tomonoura is an old port town located in Fukuyama City with more than 1000 years of history. For a long time the port has supported the town as a transportation crossroad of various industries, and it still has the same picture today. The night-light and stepped pier of the harbor have been conserved since Edo Period (1603-1867) and they are a...

Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm
Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm

It is the original work performed by Hongo Shin, a sculptor who has been making a number of monuments including " Wadatsumi's statue" all of which are highly expressive of human love, It was founded by Hiroshima City Ladies Union in August 5th of 1960. The bronze statue is the image of a mother, who is trying to overcome difficulties, clinging...

Peace Bell
Peace Bell

This bell has been constructed by "A-bomb Victims Hiroshima Higankessho-no-kai Union" on September 20th, 1964. They carved a world map with no borer lines on the bell. This world map symbolizes the slogan of "One world". The bell was designed in a form of a logo expressing the need to ban atomic and hydrologic power, and on the opposite side o...

Old Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch
Old Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch

Hiroshima branch of old Japan Bank is founded in the center of the city. The building was established in August 1936 and bears the damages of the war to this very present day. The building stands near ground zero, at a distance of 380m. The strong building structure enabled the bank to sustain its original structure almost perfectly. When the ...

Hiroshima Castle
Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima castle is a typical flat castle that was constructed by Mouri Terumoto, who was one of the most significant servants ("Godairou") of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Fukushima family and later Asano family lived there during the Edo era. This castle tower was designated as National Treasure in 1931 (Showa 6). It was destroyed by atomic bomb. Late...

Ground zero/Shima Hospital (Explanation Board for the victims)
Ground zero/Shima Hospital (Explanation Board for the victims)

The atomic bomb exploded 132 degree 27 minutes 27 seconds at 600m height. It exploded above Shima Hospital located at Saikumachi in Hiroshima city. Shima hospital was built in 1933 as a two story brick building in modern style, and had expressive poles on each side of the entrance and circle windows. Today, the explanation board explaining the...

Flame of Peace
Flame of Peace

This fire of hope for eternal world peace designed by Tange Kenzo who was the professor of Tokyo University back then has never burned out since August 1st, 1964. The pedestal was designed to suggest two hands pressed together at the wrist and bent back so that the palms point up to the sky. It has become the symbol of Anti-nuclear weapons, se...

Children-s Peace Monument
Children's Peace Monument

After Sasaki Sadako's death (12 years old), a campaign started, commemorating the spirits of children victims of the A-bomb and raising funds to build a memorial for Sadako and all of the children who died from the effects of the atomic bomb. Later, the news spread over the world, and people from all over the world visit the "Children's Peace ...

Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims (Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace)
Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims (Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace)

Hiroshima is the first city in the world to suffer from a nuclear attack. This is the Memorial Cenotaph hoping to reconstruct the ruined Hiroshima as a peaceful city. Ex-professor of Tokyo University, Tange Kenzo, designed the monument and its saddle-shaped roof in the hope of protecting those victims from the rain. The cenotaph carries an epi...

A-bomb Dome
A-bomb Dome

The A-bomb Dome, enlisted as a World Heritages since 1996, was originally "Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Center" which exhibited specialties. People started calling the building "A-bomb Dome" from somewhere down the line after the exposure to A-bomb. It has become a symbol of hope and peace, demanding the abolition of nuclear weapo...

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